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14 of Pop Culture's Coziest, Craziest and Creepiest Log Cabins

Future presidents, rugged individualists, sweet-faced fictional teenagers who may or may not survive the night—it seems as though everyone’s logged time in a cabin. Let’s salute those homestead farmers, rustic charmers and ... undead harmers, shall we?

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1. The Great Northern Hotel from Twin Peaks

As Special Agent Cooper advised Sheriff Truman in the televised cult classic, “Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it, just let it happen.” In his case, that gift is a gimme: He spends the entire series living in a damn fine example of Pacific Northwest chic. It isn’t always the safest place to be, but as far as locations in David Lynch productions go, it’s a fairly solid choice.

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2. The Ingalls Family’s Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie has reportedly been on the air on a continuous basis somewhere in America since it first aired in 1974. It was also a smash hit in Spain in the late ’70s and early ’80s, which speaks, one could argue, to how people of all ages and backgrounds want Michael Landon to build them a house.  

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3. Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace

The logs from the cabin in which the 16th president was said to have been born ended up functioning, as the story goes, much like the miniature Lincoln Logs you can buy in toy stores today. They were taken apart and reassembled many times as exhibition replicas all over the country. 

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4. Henry David Thoreau’s Cabin on Walden Pond

Though Thoreau is one of American history’s most celebrated loners (and he spoke lovingly of “that glorious society called Solitude”), he wasn’t actually much of a hermit. The one-room cabin in which he lived in for two years was just a mile away from the town of Concord, Massachusetts—and he had frequent visitors, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Call it New England’s foremost minimalist literary salon.

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