Log Cabin Day celebration is today


Usually a beautiful day, no rain, Michigan’s Log Cabin Day festival on the last day of June will be observed today. Open houses of over 100 log cabins listed in Michigan are mostly free to the public. Local log cabins expected to be open are:

The Cassopolis Pioneer Log Cabin Museum. Different activities are planned, including music, refreshments, Indian vendors and speakers and a variety of crafts. The log cabin is very authentic and historical, built in 1923 by descendants of pioneers on the banks of Stone Lake on M-60, south of the stoplight in Cassopolis. Hours are 1-5 p.m. (269) 445-3759.

Three Oaks. Another interesting place is the old log cabin on retired Sen. Ron Jelinek’s farm near Three Oaks which he restored, showing his wood relief paintings of old barns. It is at 7605 Stickles Road. Take I-94 to exit 12 (Sawyer), go west then south on Three Oaks Road about 7-8 miles, turn west on Stickles Road. Open from 1-5 p.m. (517) 204-8786.

Pipestone Township. Cal Bennett welcomes visitors to the log cabins he built in the woods behind his house and airport at 5834 Watson Road. Go to Sodus Parkway, take Rock Edwards Drive north, turn right on Watson Road, go east a few miles, then go past the Park Road intersection to 5834 Watson Road. 944-1109.

Benton Township. The Jakway Log Cabin (1835-40) is famous for educational value, hosting busloads of students, artists, foreign visitors and others, but it has been closed for several years and now that the farm property is listed for sale, the current owners, Jill and Larry Culby, have decided to have open house once more with Jill Culby as tour guide. Not the original cabin on the farmstead, this log cabin was moved from three miles away at the juncture of Blue Creek and the Paw Paw River from the House of David “Swamp Farm” by Sen. James Jenks Jakway, grandson of the original settlers. The farm, including house and barns, is on 13.5 acres at 1280 Hillandale Road, Benton Township. The realtor’s phone number is (269) 757-1252.

For more of the 100 log cabins listed in Michigan, go to the internet. They are on the Facebook site for the Log Cabin Society of Michigan, also look for Virginia Handy, or the archival website at www.qtm.net/logcabincrafts/brochure.

Young people are needed to keep all this going on! Participate by joining a historical society or working to get Michigan Historic Site signs for old log cabins and donating to the Log Cabin Society of Michigan, which sponsors the annual festival.

Virginia Handy