Carefully placed overlooking Quinsippi Bay, the rustic structures of Quincy’s Log Cabin Village chronicle the life of early area settlers. A wild and untamed frontier attracted visionaries and the county began to grow. Part of the charm, the simple design of the Lincoln-era log cabins invokes the optimistic pioneer spirit; out of humble beginnings through our own determination there is possible greatness.
Showcasing the traditions and lifestyles of the pioneers, explorers, traders and Native American communities that reached out toward westward expansion of the United States in the early 19th century, the Friends of the Log Cabin Association will host the 15th annual Frontier Settlement Day Saturday, Sept. 9, from 11 am-4 pm at Quinsippi Island Park.
Over the years, this event has grown and collaborates with many local organizations. The Quincy Park District hosts period games for kids to play on the grounds; the Quincy Museum provides a realistic display of pioneer store merchandise in the Clat Adams Cabin; the Standing Bear Council showcases Native American artifacts; the Daughters of 1812 host an 1800’s tea party; and the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition promotes Lincoln’s influence by sharing other Lincoln related events happening within the state of Illinois. Other activities include photos with a President Abe Lincoln performer, period wedding in the Log Church, Stone Smoke House meat smoking demonstration and Herleman Log Cabin ice cutters display. All seven 1800’s structures will be open to tour.
The association’s dedication to preserving the cabins for current and future generations to understand and appreciate the history of the area has protected these structures from damage and decay. The funds raised are used for restoration projects, regular maintenance and resources for the caretakers to preserve these structures. The day after the Frontier Settlement Day, the Friends of the Log Cabin Board members will be drawing a raffle winner. Support their mission to “restore, preserve, and promote the utilization of these “original” 1800’s village structures,” so current and future generations can “… reflect a bit from whence we came” by purchasing raffle tickets ($1/ticket or 6 for $5) from a board member or online at LogCabinVillageQuincyIL.com.
This free event is appropriate for the whole family and includes hands-on immersive living history showcasing historical reenactments, traditional artisans’ demonstrations and activities that portray the daily life of early settlers. The blend of education, entertainment and experience makes this event a platform to appreciate the traditions of early settlers and an opportunity to connect to the past.
Don’t miss lunch provided by American Legion Post 37 Auxiliary.