Built circa 1783, the Hyde Log Cabin, located in Grand Isle, VT, was one of the first buildings constructed in the area.
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Built in 1783, from cedar logs by Jedediah Hyde, Jr., an engineer and veteran of the Revolutionary War, it was the home of the Hyde family for over 150 years.
Hyde raised ten children in the cabin and he also was known for surveying the area around Grand Isle for Ethan and Ira Allen. The cabin has one large room, heated by a stone fireplace, and a loft above. Many believe this to be one of the oldest log cabins in the United States.
The 20 by 25 ft. cabin was moved two miles to this location in 1946 by the Vermont Historical Society and restored in 1956 and 1985.
The cabin served as the home for Jedediah Hyde and his family for many years. It was a modest but sturdy structure that provided shelter from the harsh Vermont winters. In addition to being a residence, the cabin also served as a gathering place for local residents, who would come to socialize and trade goods.
The cabin remained in the Hyde family for several generations, until it was eventually sold to the State of Vermont in the early 20th century. The state recognized the historical significance of the cabin and worked to preserve it as a landmark.
Today, the Hyde Log Cabin is a popular tourist attraction in the Grand Isle area. Visitors can tour the cabin and learn about the early history of the region. The cabin has been restored and preserved to maintain its original appearance, complete with period furnishings and decor.
There is a loft area above, covered by a gabled roof. The stone chimney is a re-construction built to resemble the original. The building was actually moved about 2 miles from it’s original location.
The Grand Isle Historical Society owns the collection in the building, which is located on US Rte 2 next to the Grand Isle Elementary School. The cabin was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. It currently operates as a museum that is open on weekends from May to October.
The Hyde Log Cabin is a testament to the early settlers of Vermont and the ingenuity and resourcefulness they displayed in creating homes and communities in the wilderness. It stands as a reminder of the hardships and challenges faced by those who came before us, and the enduring legacy they left behind.
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