Settlers in East Texas, where rainfall is plentiful (up to 58 inches per year), used the abundance of large trees to make their homes. The East Texas Pineywoods are located on the edge of the vast pine-hardwood forest that extends over the Southeastern United States. The size of the pines in East Texas often meant larger log homes than in other parts of the state.
This authentic hand-hewn post oak log cabin from Fayette County, built in the 1850s, sits at the lake’s edge. Its deeply shaded wraparound porch provided ample protected space for the daily needs of pioneer life. Inside, the house consists of one room with a fireplace and a high ceiling. Evidence of a loft remains. The house is accompanied by the barn, smokehouse, and wellhead from its original environs at Park, Texas, near LaGrange.