Visitors don’t just imagine what a log cabin was like in this discovery room, they enter a real one. This log structure from Monaville served as a home and, at one time, a school, in Logan County. It’s a perfect setting for frontier furniture and stories about the challenges of families living on the frontier. You’ll see exceptional craftsmanship in the furniture in the room. You’ll find out what natural resource brought the first tourists to the land that became West Virginia. Here’s a hint: They were the earliest spas in America!
Engage your imagination as you consider the busy day-to-day schedules of frontier women. Women carried water, worked by candlelight, cooked, cleaned and provided for the necessities of their families. They mastered the domestic skills of sewing, cooking, gardening and nursing. Men and women expressed their creativity in fine handiwork and craftsmanship they developed for needlecraft and woodworking.
Video courtesy of West Virginia Public Broadcasting; Videographer/Editor: Janet Kunicki; Narrator: Beth Vorhees