William Holmes McGuffey Birthplace

Summary

This log home is typical of Scots-Irish log structures built in the densely forested area of southwestern Pennsylvania during the late 1700s. Anna and Alexander McGuffey lived here for five years and had three children before moving west to Ohio. Their second child, William Holmes (1800-1873), went on to create the popular Eclectic Readers for frontier schoolchildren.

This log home is typical of Scots-Irish log structures built in the densely forested area of southwestern Pennsylvania during the late 1700s. Anna and Alexander McGuffey lived here for five years and had three children before moving west to Ohio. Their second child, William Holmes (1800-1873), went on to create the popular Eclectic Readers for frontier schoolchildren.

Artifact

Cabin (House)

Date Made

circa 1790

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States, Pennsylvania, Washington county 

Creator Notes

Built about 1790 in Washington County, Pennsylvania.

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Porches and Parlors District

Object ID

32.1044.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Wood (Plant material)
Oak (Wood)
Stone (Worked rock)

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