Despite the fact that central Ohio is supposedly in line for another bout of ugly wintry weather this week, I really won’t be able to get away with sharing snowy photos like this one with you for much longer, will I? Not only is spring nearing, I suspect most of us are thoroughly sick and tired of winter, this one in particular. Even so, this log cabin is so winsome—it seemed the perfect cure for a Monday (the Monday after Daylight Savings Time, no less).
You’ve probably already guessed that this cabin stands at the aforementioned Dawes Arboretum, and you are correct. The Dawes family built this cabin, for use as a summertime retreat, during the 1920s, using hand-hewn logs as well as beams from a barn built in the 1800s already on the property. Personally speaking, I thought the chimney was just beautiful—it almost seems to have an Arts & Crafts influence (I’m probably wrong).
No doubt the handsome stone chimney not only kept the family warm on occasional chilly or rainy summer nights, they probably cooked a few meals in it!
In 1994, the Arboretum modified the cabin, adding a steam ventilator to the top of the cabin, so it could be used as a sugarhouse where maple syrup from the Arboretum’s trees is made every spring! “Maple Syrup Madness” teaches visitors how the sap is collected and processed, then lets them sample the wonderfully sweet stuff right here at the sugarshack during (roughly) the first two weeks of March.
We will not be able to make it this year, but perhaps next year we can stop by—I love buying local honeys and syrups, and actually use a little maple syrup in my homemade coffee creamers instead of straight sugar. If you’re in central Ohio this week, though, you will be able to stop by to watch maple syrup being made, taste it, and buy some through Saturday! Then, even though you were mildly frightened by my slightly unconventional use for the stuff, you can give it a whirl yourself. 😉
Have a beautiful Monday!