Home of John Coventry and his family for 50 years, before it became home to the Doehre family for three more generations. Many volunteers worked to rebuild the cabin over eight years of very hard work.
Marti Main enthralling her audience with her story of the log cabin’s history…..2013
Thanks to the 911th Reserve Unit who helped move the cabin pieces to the present site!
Some COVENTRY CABIN videos for you!
Coventry Cabin with Alexis Sergeant as hostess,
Here’s another video:
Inside the Coventry Cabin:
And here’s a little video about John Coventry, the owner of our Robin Hill cabin !
Some Log Cabin Vocabulary Words for you:
Glossary of Terms
You might use some of these words during your visit to our Coventry Log Cabin:
Adze – A long handled tool with a specially designed head used for smoothing the side of a log after hewing.
Andirons – The iron frames in the fireplace that hold the burning wood.
Bartering – Because currency was scarce, store owners and pioneers would trade goods that a customer had. It took 20 eggs from the farmer to buy one lemon at the store! Other items that could be traded were corn (flour), animal pelts, and whiskey.
Brogans – A type of square-toed shoes worn during the mid-nineteenth century. c
Chemise – A long white undershirt that women wore underneath their dresses. Sometimes they were decorated with fancy needlework.
Chink – To fill in the spaces between the logs of a log cabin with small pieces of wood. It was usually covered over with daub.
Churn – A container used to make butter; also the process for making butter.
Daub – To cover over the chinking placed in the spaces between the logs in a log cabin. It is made of lime mixed with sand and horse hair or straw to give it strength and durability.
Dutch oven – A cast iron pot with three legs used for cooking on a hearth. It has a special lid for holding hot coals and was mainly used when baking food items like bread.
Harness – The leather straps and gear worn by horses while doing work. It also means to put gear on a horse.
Hearth – The place in front of the fireplace where food is cooked over open coals.
Herbs – Plants grown and dried to use for food seasonings or for medicines.
Hew – To make a log square with a broad axe. This was done on logs used in the building of log cabins.
Lye soap – A homemade soap made from lard and lye (water strained through ashes).
Narrow-falls – A type of trousers, or pants, that men wore, which had a buttoned flap on the front which acted as a fly.
Oxen – A team of two male cattle which have been trained to work in a yoke. Settlers used oxen for heavy pulling jobs like dragging logs plowing new ground.
Pen – A four-sided log room.
Quilt – A bed covering that is made of three layers sewn together. The top layer is usually made of several small pieces sewn together into a pattern.
Root cellar – A hole dug in the ground which is used as a place to keep fruits and vegetables cool.“
“Saddlebag” – A cabin with two rooms and a center chimney which resembles a horse’s saddlebag.
Scythe – A sharp tool used for cutting hay and other grains.
Sew – The process of attaching two pieces of fabric together with a needle and thread.
Smokehouse – The building used for storing and smoking meat to preserve it.
Spider – An iron frying pan that has three legs under it for cooking over hot coals on a hearth.
Spin – The process of twisting fibers of cotton, flax, or wool into yarn using a spinning wheel.
Tallow – Beef fat which is saved and used to make candles.
Threshing – The process of beating wheat or oats with a flail in order to separate the grain from the stalk.
Tick – A pillow-like mattress, which is stuffed with feathers, straw, or corn husks, and placed on the rope beds for sleeping.
Yoke – A wooden device placed on the necks of a team of oxen to join them to work together. People can also use yokes to haul heavy buckets on their shoulders.
The above words were suggested by the Lincoln Log Cabin in Illinois.
Many of the children who lived in Log Cabins would eat Johnny Cakes.
Try this recipe!
1 cup cornmeal
3/4 cup flour
3 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup of milk
¼ cup molasses
2 Tb. shortening
Combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Add the milk, molasses, and well beaten egg, then add the shortening.
Pour into a well greased pan and bake in a moderate oven for 30 minutes.
A Great Success! Earth Day!
Held April 19, 2015:
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Open House at Coventry Log Cabin in Robin Hill Park, located off Thorn Run Road in Moon Township. More than 100 people passed through the cabin on Moon’s early Earth Day celebration .
The log cabin was built in 1825, about 12 miles southwest of its present location.
It was home for John Coventry, a Revolutionary War Veteran, a farmer, and a weaver. He and his family lived in the cabin for 50 years before it became home to the Doehre family for three more generations.
When abandoned around 1975, the log cabin was acquired by the (Old) Moon Township Historical Society. It was disassembled and every log was tagged. The pieces of the cabin were hauled to Robin Hill Park, where after eight years of repair and rebuild by numerous volunteers, in was dedicated to Moon Parks on August 28, 1983.
Come visit the Coventry Log Cabin in Robin Hill Park to access the wealth of information about John Coventry and the Log cabin.
A Message from our President:
“Earth Day was a great success with nice weather and large crowds.
“Well over 100 people came by to hear about John Coventry and his 190 year old log cabin.
“We had exhibits of former member Mort Steele’s old time wooden toys, some arrowheads, and info about the Historical Society and invasive insects.
“Harry Java, in costume, told the story well. John Kennedy, Mary Ellen and Earl Edwards were on hand to handle the overflow of visitors.
“A little peach cobbler was cooked in the Dutch oven in the big fireplace, so visitors could have a taste.
Allegheny West Magazine of November-December, 2015 featured a nice story by Rebecca Ferraro, entitled:
COVENTRY CABIN OPENS ITS DOORS FOR FIRST-EVER AREA LOG HOMES TOUR, p. 38.
The story gave credit to the Pioneers West Historical Society who thought of the idea that took place on September 19, 2015. The tour included Coventry Cabin in Robin Hill Park, Killbuck Glass log houses in Oakdale, and the McAdow-McAdams Wilson Long House in Imperial.
The article had several photographs of the Coventry cabin taken by Doug and Sarah Hughey and a QR code that is scannable to learn more about Coventry Cabin. It unlocks pictures and an audio tour of the cabin.
The two-story cabin was purchased in 1976 by Dr. Robert Jockers, founder of the historical society as part of the American Bicentennial Celebration. Trucks and cranes from the air bases were used to dismantle it and move it to its present position.
Twenty-five people turned out to tour the cabin, including hikers were passing through the area. Tourists were given cornbread, snickerdoodle cookies and cider to represent old-time refreshments. Visitors were encouraged to sign their passports to the various log cabins with a quill and inkwell!
Was this our first wedding at the cabin? 9/16/17
It does make for a beautiful venue!
What a stunning wedding party! Best of luck to the Newlyweds! 9/16/17
The Open House at Coventry Cabin held in Conjunction with the other Log Cabins in the area was a HUGE success on Saturday, September 16, 2017.
Many thanks to the Moon Township eight HERITAGE Girl Scouts, and their leader, Kris Christy, based at the Rhema who were a tremendous help! The older ones came early in the morning to clean and help prepare the cabin for viewing. The younger ones helped Mary Ellen Edwards pour cider and pass out cookies besides helping giving tours of the cabin and demonstrating crafts. Thanks, Girls! xoxoxox
President Lincoln lived in a log cabin . Perhaps you would like to make a Lincoln penny pendant!
- Red,white and blue construction paper
- White glue or glue stick
- A hole punch
- String or yard (red, white or blue!)
- A penny
For each pendant, cut out 3 stars, one red, one white, and one blue of 3 different sizes. The white star looks best in the middle.
Glue the white star onto the biggest star, and then glue the smallest star on the white star. Glue a penny (Lincoln side up) in the middle of the stars.
Punch a hole near the top of the stars. Thread a few feet of yarn through the pendant and wear it to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday!