Log Cabin and Early Pioneer Life

Jefferson C. Mutchlar, his wife Sarah (Blunt), and their young child Josephus, natives of Ohio, arrived in Floyd County in July 1851. While waiting for this log home to be built, they lived in their wagon box.

As you walk through the doorway imagine yourself living in an 1850s log cabin. The entire family lived in one room which served as a kitchen, dining room, living room, and parent's bedroom. The children slept in the upstairs loft. The fireplace was the heart of the home providing heat, light, and cooking facilities. Notice the rope springs on the bed. Some believe that the old saying "Good night, sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite" refers to a rope bed like we have here in the log cabin. "Sleeping tight" meant keeping the ropes tight to avoid slipping through them at night. "Don't let the bedbugs bite" refers to getting pinched by the rope springs. Because there was no electricity or running water, work was done by candlelight or oil lamp and water was carried in from a nearby creek. The bathroom facilities were outside in an outhouse, however a chamber pot was available for inside use during bad weather or emergencies. Sometimes school lessons were held at the kitchen table when a school wasn't located nearby.

"Just for Kids": Pioneers took shelter under their wagons at night or in case of bad weather. A buffalo robe was used for warmth. Rub your hands across the buffalo robe hanging on the front of the wagon. Can you imagine sleeping under one of these?