Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sand Lake Pioneer Log Church

We couldn't leave Sand Lake without a quick stop at the beautiful little log church around the corner.  ILt's one of the prettiest small churches I know, and the only original log church I can remember seeing.

The small church sits on a sandy cottage road, and only has services during the summer, but it is well maintained, and I think cherished by the local cottagers.  There's a small cemetery, but unlike some pioneer churches, this cemetery is still actively used and regularly visited.

It's very close to the road, but has always had this fence close to the front door.  Compare it to the illustration below.

I found this illustration inside the church - it certainly hasn't changed much.

My sister attends occasionally when they're here at their cottage, and treasures the connection.

It's clearly a log church, with big squared logs, probably pine, the forest that would have been growing here originally.

The scalloped dovetailed corners were carefully cut originally, and have been carefully maintained.

I was surprised to find the church open, and we enjoyed looking at the simple wooden interior.  I think the locals keep a close eye on their church.

Built in 1884, it's now 132 years old.

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  1. That little church is in great shape.
    We have a one hundred and seventy year old church that is starting to deteriorate and the powers that be don't want to repair it. The interior is gorgeous and its on the Historic Registry. That shows that small communities appreciate what they have more than the bigger cities.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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  2. Looking at the woodwork inside, the curtains on the windows, a steep roof to make sure snow fell off, and those corners. I am in awe of it all. A beautiful place to worship, or just to sit a while and have thoughts of bygone days, peace and happiness while there, and leave all the world and its troubles behind.

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  3. What a sweet church! How delightful that it was open!

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  4. That's fantastic. Someone has gone to a lot of trouble to cut those joints so precisely. Long may it stand.

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  5. A very pretty little church. I would love to go there if it were a bit closer. :-)

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  6. This is a beautiful little church. The detail of the logs and inside woodwork is wonderful.

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  7. What a cute little church! Glad people are taking care of it.

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  8. WoW!! that's an old one and very quaint!! i connect much more easily with a couch like this than this big, gaudy ones they build now a days. so large, cold and expensive i always fell the money could be better spent helping people who need the help!! it is wonderful how it is being cared for and maintained!!!

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  9. What a charming and beautiful little church. I've never seen a log one before.

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  10. So wonderful to have a touchstone such as this church for the cottagers through generations.

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  11. What a beautiful structure! Looking at your photograph of the corner dovetails it's apparent that the builder(s) was a skilled craftsman.

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  12. I first saw the logs and immediately notice those logs were squared up instead of leaving them semi-round. It makes a lot of sense and they really knew how to tie those corners together. I was surprised to see how it was finished in the interior but I bet it has been renovated a couple of time on the inside.

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  13. Love those huge dovetailed joints on the church which I am glad to see survives and is in use

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