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Welcome to the North Log Cabin! This historical cabin dates from just after the American Revolutionary War.  it was built ajust west of the intersection of Conlon and Searles Roads, then was disassembled and rebuilt three times over two centuries.  It can now be viewed at the entrance to Lansing NY's Myers Park.

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The North Log Cabin is being reassembled entirely with contributions.  Donations are still needed! Click here to learn how you can contribute to restoring Lansing's 1791 log cabin. Click here to contact us.

The History of the North Cabin

By Louise Bement, Lansing Town Historian
And Dan Veaner, Editor, Lansing Star.com
August, 2010

lc_120The North Cabin is so called because it was built by a member of the North family in the early 1800's. It is the only log cabin still standing in the Town of Lansing and it has led an interesting life. It originally stood on a corner of the Military Lot # 71, this lot being in size 600 acres. The lot was originally patented to Captain Elias Van Benschoten in payment for his services in the Revolutionary War. But as with many other veterans of the war, Captain Van Benschoten did not want to come to the frontier of western New York Sate to tame the wilderness and so he sold his lot to John Lawrence, a large land owner and speculator in New York lands. Thomas North bought this lot from John Lawrence and built the cabin on the southeast corner of the lot at the junction of what is now Searles Road and the old Conlon Road. Thomas North's deed to the property was dated April 5, 1799 and he paid $1800, or $3 an acre, which was the going price of the land at that time.

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The Cabin Is Here!

lc_120The North Log Cabin was reassembled in Myers Park in September and October of 2009.  Come see it in the park!  Phase one was to reassemble the cabin on a concrete slab with a new roof.  That is complete.  Phase 2 will pay off the roof, and pay for the chinking and period-style doors and windows.

The Lansing Community Council is raising $10,000 to complete Phase 2.  Because the original roof was long gone, a new shake shingle roof had to be built.  The Phase 2 money will pay for the roof, period-style doors and windows made of the left over original hemlock logs, plus the chinking (a kind of cement filling that is applied between the logs to insulate the cabin.

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Sign and Kiosk Installed

lc_120Myers Park bustled with scores of volunteers working hard to build a new playground in Myers Park.  The project is led by the Lansing Community Council, which took the lead in raising nearly $120,000 so far and getting volunteers together to construct the community project.  Across the park, another Community Council project was having a piece installed as well.  The North Log Cabin, which was originally built in Lansing in 1791 and was reassembled in the park had another piece installed, every bit as important as the cabin itself: a kiosk holding a sign telling visitors about the cabin and its unique Lansing history.

The kiosk project was designed and led by Martin Keefe as part of the requirements for becoming an Eagle Scout.  Eagles must earn 21 merit badges, serve actively for a period of six months in a leadership role in his troop, and plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project.  Keefe chose the kiosk project as a needed element of the cabin project that would not only serve as a historical marker, but tie it in with other features already in Myers Park.

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Cabin Timeline


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Letters: North Cabin a Piece of U.S. History

By Frank North, Reprinted from The Lansing Star Online April 24, 2009

The North Cabin, now disassembled and awaiting a new chapter in its life, has significance even beyond its important relationship to Lansing’s own history. It represents several periods of American history that can be told well by the wooden structure and through the lives of those who pioneered Lansing and surrounding communities. The fact that it was built there when it was is a story worth preserving, protecting and retelling. But only the Town of Lansing and its residents can insure that the story will be told to the generations yet born.

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