Lehigh County Log Cabin Trail Committee
Donald Breininger, Weisenberg-Lowhill Historical Society Richard Klase, Stone Mason-Historic House Restorer
Bruce Solt, Allentown Parks Department Superintendent Steve Long, The Shelter House Society
Sharon Haas, Upper Lehigh Historical Society Bruce Mordaunt, Hivel und Dahl Preservation Society
Donald S. Heintzelman, Ornithologist & Author Reynold Reinert,
Christine Lazor, Log Cabin Enthusiast Willard Snyder, Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society
Charles Kiernan, Lower Macungie Twp. Historical Society Noreen Yamamoto, The Shelter House Society
Lehigh County Log Cabin Trail Open for Public Use
The Lehigh County Log Cabin Trail Committee announced today it completed its research and field work and is now making available for public use the Lehigh County Log Cabin Trail—a unique historic and educational resource, the first for Lehigh County and Pennsylvania, and perhaps the first for the nation.
Full details are provided on the Lehigh County Log Cabin Trail’s website—www.lehighcountylogcabintrail.org—which also enables users to download essential details and driving routes for the trail’s three sections (Northern, Central, and Southern routes). A map on the website also indicates approximately where each building is located on the trail.
The website and some related field and research tasks were completed by Eagle Scout candidate Chris Jones, a member of Boy Scout Troop 131, who also supervised a crew of assistants.
Each of the
trail’s sections has its own separate driving tour route, complete with detailed
instructions and mileages provided, so people can select which parts of
Twenty-two eighteenth and nineteenth century log buildings are included on the trail. They were selected from a list of nearly 100 log buildings identified as remaining in Lehigh County by the log cabin trail committee which conducted extensive field surveys and archival and literature research.
Some are located in public parks in Lehigh County—such as Hunter’s Cabin in Lehigh Parkway and the Lardner Log Cabin in Trexler Park in Allentown, and the Zeisloff Log House and rebuilt Fort Everett in Ontelaunee Park in New Tripoli—and are owned by municipal governments or non-profit organizations. Others are owned privately.
Two of the
log buildings on the Lehigh County Log Cabin Trail are listed on the prestigious
National Register of Historic Places. They are the Shelter House on
County Log Cabin Trail is a significant new historic tourism and educational resource
addition, by focusing on our remaining authentic log buildings, it is hoped
there will be increased public appreciation for these charming old buildings.
The Lehigh County Log Cabin Committee calls particular attention to the educational
opportunities associated with log cabins and other log buildings and encourages
public and private schools within
of the northern part of the log cabin trail in
The idea for creation of a Lehigh County Log Cabin Trail was presented in an
Opinion piece written by ornithologist and author Donald S.
Heintzelman of Zionsville, and published on
a Lehigh County Log Cabin Trail Committee was established to move the project
forward. It consists of representatives from six local historical societies,
plus a few additional people with expert knowledge about log buildings in
historical societies in
For additional information regarding the Lehigh County Log Cabin Trail go to the website or contact the persons indicated on the website.
Captions for attached photographs:
House, built in 1734, is the oldest continually occupied building in
Cabin, built ca 1739-1741, is the oldest building remaining in
Recreated Fort Everett (ca 1756), and the Zeisloff Log House (ca 1738-1748), are located beside each other in Ontelaunee Park along Route 143 in New Tripoli, PA. Photo courtesy of the Lehigh County Log Cabin Trail Committee.
Caption for attached map:
The approximate locations of each of the 22 log buildings on the Lehigh County Log Cabin Trail.
Lehigh County Log Cabin Trail Buildings
1. Carlin Log House 12. Wright Log House
2. Miller Log House 13. Remaley Log House
3. Rothenberger Log House 14. German Log House
4. Schubert-Graber Log Cabin 15. Bellis Log House
5. PA Avenue Log House 16. Zeisloff Log House
8. Bortz Log House 19. Leaser Log Cabin
9. Lardner Log Cabin 20. Milot Log House
10. Balliet Log House 21. Bear Log Cabin
11. Schneck Log House 22. Kline Log Cabin
Each of the trail’s three section has its own separate driving tour route, complete with detailed instructions and mileages provided, so people can select which parts of Lehigh County they wish to explore at any given time. A website for the trail provides full details for reaching each building. Map courtesy of the Lehigh County Log Cabin Trail Committee.