Celebrating 40 years!
The FIRST Township in Allegheny County
Did you know that from Moon Township came:
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, moontwp2012
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
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 coud 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. Settlersused 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 isusually 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 andvegetables 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 thegrain 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 worktogether. People can also use yokes to haul heavy buckets on their shoulders.
The above words were suggested by the Lincoln Log Cabin in Illinois.
Try this recipe!
1 cup corn meal
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.
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 scanable 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 cornbreak, 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!
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.
John Main listens intently to a question being posed to him about the log cabin... 2013
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.
Photo 1 shows Harry in costume, enthralling the guests.
Photo 2 is an unidentified young fellow, captivated by a mechanical woodpecker pole.
" Who says you must be bored without an iPad? This picture made my day. Thanks to all who participated and supported."
KUDOS for the MTHS!
Hello Earl & Mary Ellen!
Thank you so much for sharing your time and knowledge at Earth Day. The photos are great. Harry Java was fabulous. Thanks for always going above and beyond.
Amy M. Ottaviani
Assistant Director, Moon Parks & Recreation 1000 Beaver Grade Road
Moon Township, PA 15108
P: 412.262.1703C: 412 852-3582
Call Earl: 412-264-9085
What would you think of these activities?
Holdng a BARN DANCE? Or learning more about the National Barn Dance ?
Sheep to Clothing Event and a Sheep to Shawl Competition?
Soldiers Encampment: Revolutionary and Civil War?
Indepedence Day Activities?
Harvest Frolic Celebration with children's gmes, crafts, embroidery making, blacksmithing, wheat weaving, pottery?
A Torchlight Halloween Hike-starting at the darkened cabin and a pumpkin-judging contest?
All we need is YOU
to help make it happen!
Wouldn't it be fun to have a display of Log Cabins made by children at our Library? You can make your display from construction paper, or your cabin from cinnamon sticks or pretzel sticks or even graham crackers!
President Lincoln lived in a log cabin . Perhaps you would like to make a Lincoln penny pendant!
Red,white and blue construction pager
White glue or gule stick
A hole punch
String or yard (red, white or blue!)
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!