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Log Cabin

The Log Cabin is on the move and will return as a part of the museum’s new, outdoor exhibit!

In March 2021, as part of the museum’s renovation of the building’s former parking deck into a new, outdoor play area the cabin was removed, intact, and will be transferred to a storage area for the duration of construction. It will be returned to the museum in the summer of 2021.

Read more about the move process on our blog and watch the video of the move.

 

Living Wisconsin History

Our Log Cabin is one of the oldest known log cabins in Wisconsin. The 288 sq ft. (16’x18′) cabin was originally built by the Faistel family. Local stories indicate the Faistels built their home overlooking Crooked Creek sometime in the late 1830s or early 1840s. The Faistels were among the very first German families to settle in what was then called the Wisconsin Territory by the US government, shortly after the last members of the Potawatomi and Winnebago tribes who lived on that land were forcibly removed by the US government after the Treaty of Chicago in 1833.

Thanks to The Nature Conservancy, who came to own the land the cabin was on, the cabin was preserved, transported, and then restored at Madison Children’s Museum in the fall of 2009. The building is typical of cabins that would have been in Madison in the year 1838 and has been a popular part of the museum’s historical programming.

 

 

 

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