This Old House by Leslie van de Ligt

Sitting off Highway 22 just north of Boyle, Alberta, Canada this old house is falling down. I have searched extensively but can find no history for this gorgeous old icon. But I did find directions for building a homesteaders cabin and this beauty had been added to and polished up on the inside but the outside followed the instructions almost to a tee. At some point in time they added a second story.

To build a frontier style log cabin:

  • lay a rock or stone foundation to keep logs above the damp soil
  • square off each log
  • cut notches on the top and bottom of each end
  • stack the logs and fit the notched ends together at the corners
  • “chick” (or stuff) sticks and wood chips in the gaps between the logs
  • fill remaining spaces with mud
  • cut open a door and at least one window
  • build a stone fireplace
  • rake the dirt and gravel floor smooth

They had a snug home after this and could add wood floors or whatever their hearts desired to make it their special place. Straight from the camera. Taken with my Rebel XSI

Featured in “Rural Canada Coast To Coast pre 1960’s” July 18, 2009

Featured In Grand Old Sheds /Barns November 17, 2009

I am an amateur photographer from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada.
Love scenery, wildlife and anything that catches my eye as being unique. Have a Canon Rebel XSI with a 100mm – 400mm Lens that allows me to get some wonderful captures!

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  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRosealmost 6 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL capture dear Leslie……………….
    I’m so glad you found this little treasure……………….
    for sure, it will not be around some day………….. LOVE THIS!!!
    cheers, Rose xx

  • Thank you so much Rosie. I think this was a grand house in it’s day. Hugs Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Berk Nash
    Berk Nashalmost 6 years ago

    What a great old house, you did a great jobLOL

  • Many thanks. I appreciate your compliment. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 6 years ago

    This is a real beauty Leslie, just love the texture of these old logs, neat find …Inst fav

  • Why thank you so much Larry. I appreciate your fav as well my friend. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • reflector
    reflectoralmost 6 years ago

    A great bit of old architecture, very well caught !

  • Thank you for the comment. I appreciate this as well. It’s a shame to see them disappear. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • solo75
    solo75almost 6 years ago

    Looks like a nice place to live (at one time).

  • Thanks so much. I agree. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 6 years ago

    fabulous image,

  • Thank you very much. I loved this one. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • paolo1955
    paolo1955almost 6 years ago

    Beautiful image .

  • Thank you very much Paolo. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredalmost 6 years ago

    Fabulous capture, thanks for the info on to build one lol, what a treasure you found here…gina

  • Many thanks Virginia! I appreciate your comments.:>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • lulisa
    lulisaover 5 years ago

    Thank you for adding your lovely addition to the Grand Old Shed/Barns group =)

  • What a wonderful welcome to a new group. I appreciate your comment on My Old House. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • lielas
    lielasover 5 years ago

  • Wow! Thank you so very much. This is a lovely honor to receive from this Group. Sincerely,

    – Leslie van de Ligt

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