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Collier Log Home - Thurmont, Maryland

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  Immigrants from Switzerland and Germany brought a valuable knowledge of log home construction to America. During the 1700s, when pioneers moved further inland, their building techniques and ideas followed, quickly spreading across the expanding frontier. Here in remote areas beyond the original 13 Colonies, building sites were usually a great distance from lumber mills. As an alternative, sturdy log construction became a relatively quick and easy answer. In a matter of days, tightly laid Catoctin Byway Sign logs provided a much needed shelter from the elements.
  The highly influential craftsmen movement during the early 1900s brought about a resurgence of log home construction. The Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park is a notable example. Its appropriate rustic style blended with the park's surrounding scenery and many of these unique lodges survive to this day. The Collier Log House, found in the Thurmont area of Maryland, is a good example of broadaxe hewn log home. More than a log cabin, the Collier home is listed in the National Registration of Historic Places, and is one of many historic sites located in Frederick County, Maryland. Here along the Catoctin Mountain Loop, the Thurmont Historical Society invites sightseers to experience the city's early architecture. Examples include the Harriet Chapel, Creeger House, the Isabella Iron Furnace and various buildings in the Thurmont Historic District.

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