Today, the log cabin is a symbol of the American frontier, but believe it or not, the first log cabins were actually built in Scandanavia and Eastern Europe! Given that they can be made during any weather, and don’t require any chemical reaction (such as hardening of mortar), they were the perfect home for the area.

The first log homes in the United Stated were actually made by Swedish settlers in the colony of New Sweden. From there, they were adopted and spread and became the symbol of the American frontier we know today.