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There are many facts to learn about log cabins. It would be nice to know that respect for the environment. Knowing this can help those who have are not fully convinced that they had built a log house, to last. This is due to the characteristics of the thermal mass of wood that often exceeds criteria for minimum efficiency code. Similarly, almost all materials used by the national registration most producers are renewable.
There are two types of wooden houses, wooden houses handmade wooden houses crushed. Among the houses Wood already built, only 10% of them are built with logs individually handmade with hand tools. A wooden house, which is made by hand is made log to be peeled, but kept its original natural unchanged. In addition, 90% of wooden houses built are made of bleached wood. These records bleaching, also known as profiles of machine registers, used to build wooden houses crushed. These files have been through a process manufacturing which eliminates the natural characteristics of the tree or log, the creation of the forest, we have a uniform appearance and size.
Do you know that in 2003, which is the most recent year that figures for most of the wooden houses is fully manifested, states that are most popular when it is most houses were built log Texas, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Orlando, Tennessee and West Virginia. Also in the same year, states popular with many recording producers or manufacturers of Colorado Montana, North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin, Idaho, Tennessee, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and New York. These are the states where you can go to find your house or production from their place of origin.
Outside Lincoln and Jackson, as mentioned above, is said to be another 5 U.S. presidents born in log cabins like James Buchanan and Adlai Stevenson. Therefore, log cabins became a symbol of humble beginnings U.S. policy. "William Henry Harrison made use of wooden huts, with the Whigs to show Americans that was a man of the people. Some of these presidents United States used the fact that it is lived in a log cabin or worked on one to lead them to victory in the presidential elections. Stevenson, Indeed, after declaring that he was born in a cabin and professed his poor debut, was a landslide victory over Dwight Eisenhower.
Interestingly, there is now a toy on the market, known as Lincoln Logs, which quickly became a favorite among the young. It is obviously the name Abraham Lincoln, who must be the most famous person associated with log cabins. The toy has a variety of notched bars that can fit pin that allows the holder to build a structure of the scale, only in miniature size of the log cabin.
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has anyone ever heard of Dudleytown in the northwest part of conneticut and if so do you have any history on?
do you have any history on it and if so is it really haunted or just a legend, how can I actually get there now that it is posted property and Dark Hollow road has become “off limits”
Cornwall itself was never a large settlement but was inhabited by farmers, millers, blacksmiths and other itinerant workers. Current records show initial settlement at Cornwall to have begun in 1738 by Thomas Griffis, with the incorporation of the surrounding farming community in 1740. All that now remains of this early settlement (located at an elevation of nearly 1500 feet) are some foundations, cellars and remnants of buildings erected over a century after the founders’ initial log cabin was established.
Despite the difficult landscape, Griffis soon had neighbours who began to clear the land and to build additional homesteads and stone walls from the abundant stone found in the area. At least two of these neighbours were Abiel and Barzillai Dudley. Abiel is recorded as having bought more land in Cornwall on December 31, 1748.
That there were Dudleys in Cornwall before 1750 is clear, as Abiel was included in the tax list of 1744, and by 1748 Gideon Dudley had been recognized as a taxpayer. On January 2, 1749 Gideon Dudley was born in Cornwall, the son of Gideon. Abiel Dudley later acquired additional land in Cornwall on October 23, 1753. Joseph Dudley, another son of Gideon, was born in 1755. Barzillai Dudley married Sarah Carter on March 6, 1750 in Cornwall and they raised two children, Sibe and Sarah, born in 1750 in 1752, respectively.
Barzillai Dudley is listed in Captain Lyman’s company during the French and Indian War for 14 days in 1757 and is again recorded in the 1758 Cornwall tax records. He seems to have left the area soon affterwards as no further tax records for him are listed. Along with other early arrivals (the population never exceeded 100) the Dudleys cleared the land, planted buckwheat, hunted deer for the winter store and established their farms on the rough upland plain. Small streams were dammed to supply power for at least three mills, but Dudleytown remained fairly isolated. Ice Age glaciers had removed most of the topsoil from the Dudleytown plateau, leaving an abundance of glacial rock and granite ledges; evidence of this can be seen in the maze of stone walls bounding farm lots, roadways, bridges, fords, and sluiceways.
Abiel Dudley’s property was sold to the township in 1771 and Gideon was recorded in the Cornwall tax records for the last time in 1773. He departed the area shortly afterwards, abandoning 30 years of work. By 1766 his sons Gideon and Joseph had died, after their mother, Elisabeth Dudley, in 1765. A plague (probably smallpox) reached Cornwall and Dudleytown during 1774. The cause of this outbreak is not known, but is important in the context of the numerous infant deaths recorded in the small community over the previous decade. Abiel Dudley did survive, to die of old age in November 1799.
Of the various plagues that affected 18th century North America, perhaps none were more devastating than the smallpox outbreaks of 1775 to 1782. An appearance of yellow fever occurred in the United States during 1702. Thirty-five further outbreaks were recorded from this initial event until 1800, with almost annual recurrences between 1800 and 1879.
Good News Holdings will release the first feature film “Dudleytown” in the fall of 2007. Actor Matt Lanter from the TV show Heroes will play the lead character, Bodie Ingelvie.
 Charcoal manufacturing in Dudleytown
Dudleytown was poorly planned as a farming community because the area was unsuitable for agriculture due to its location. Shadowed by a group of mountains, the area receives scant sunlight regardless of the sun’s location. However, given the abundance of trees, the area was suited for the manufacturing of charcoal, a fundamental constituent in iron working.
The dense tree cover was readily available to be felled. Eastern white pine, oak, and native chestnut, as well as other native trees were used to build houses at first. Later the houses would be made of stone, while wood was used to make charcoal for the nearby iron works.
 Dudleytown in decline
For a hundred years Dudleytown expanded and prospered, from the hard work and versatile skills of the thirty to forty families who lived there over several generations. During the latter part of the 18th century, many prospered from the booming iron industry centered around the “great furnace” on nearby Mt. Riga. By 1800 Dudleytown had developed sufficiently to possess its own town hall and meeting house. Improved access followed by way of Dudleytown and Dark Entry roads, to accommodate the heavy traffic of horses and riders and a growing number of substantial dwellings.
During the American Civil War, almost every Dudleytown family augmented its farming pursuits by cutting and burning wood for charcoal to stoke the numerous furnaces in the area. Some families even operated their own backyard smelters, fed by locally mined ore, heated with local “wood-coal”.
Eventually, the community declined due to a number of factors. Once the trees were gone, the spring and summer rains and the run-off from winter snow soon washed away much of Dudleytown’s soil. There was a general reduction in local industry (mostly timber and iron based) due to the advent of modern techniques like the Bessemer process for making steel in the late 1800s. The opening of great expanses of farmland in the American West, combined with improved means of transport to distant markets, enticed farmers to seek locations with better prospects. By the time the “chestnut blight” hit Connecticut in the early 1900’s, there were few if any permanent residents in Dudleytown.
In addition to the economic factors, several events took place that led to Dudleytown’s reputation as one of the 20 most haunted places on earth. Several suicides, mass hysteria, ghost sightings, and demonic contacts were reported throughout Dudleytown’s history. The fear generated by such strange happenings contributed greatly to the decline of Dudleytown. The “Curse of Dudleytown” supposedly derived from its founder, Gideon Dudley and two of his brothers. Their father had fled England in the 1700s to escape accusations of high treason against King George II, and the Dudley family was said to be cursed for its political opposition to the king.
With no new families moving in to occupy the abandoned homesteads, the houses that had stood for a hundred years crumbled. Their massive hand-cut beams collapsed and decayed beneath protective blankets of wild tiger lilies. Brush and vine now reduce Dark Entry and Dudleytown roads to little more than tangled trails in a permanent gloom.
Due to its “haunted” reputation, the area has attracted many ghost hunters, as well as adolescents willing to cause trouble. They have become such an annoyance to local residents that the Connecticut State Police currently forbids entry to the area and patrols there.
In 2007 Red Barn Films, a small production company in Massachusetts, is producing a feature film and documentary about Dudleytown, which are expected to be released in 2008, if not sooner.
Dudleytown is located on private property. It is not open to the public. The land it rests on is owned by the private interest, “Dark Entry Forest, Inc.” and is posted thoroughly with “no trespassing” and “no parking” signs on all roadways leading into the area. The state police vigorously enforce these injunctions. Dudleytown is not located on state property nor in a state forest.
 External links
Legend of Dudleytown web site by Gary Dudley
Prairieghosts.com page on Dudleytown
Ghostvillage.com page on Dudleytown
Writer Robert Winkler investigates Dudleytown
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