The Restoration of America's Log Cabins Program

The National Parks are home to more than 700 log structures — nearly all of which are considered historically significant. Unfortunately, many are in need of restoration. Recognizing this, the National Park Service (NPS) and National Park Foundation (NPF) created the Restoration of America's Log Cabins program by identifying and securing a perfect partner — Aurora Foods, Inc., makers of Log Cabin syrup. Back in 1887, Patrick J. Towle first introduced Log Cabin syrup and named it after his boyhood hero Abraham Lincoln who was born and grew up in a log cabin. Aurora Foods pledged to NPF a $1 million donation over four years starting in 1998 to help support log cabin projects in the parks.

The first structure to be fully restored was the Gatekeeper's Cabin on the north rim of Grand Canyon National Park. In 1999, four historical cabins at Great Smoky Mountains National Park received help. This year, Aurora, NPF and the NPS have teamed up for a Presidential Log Cabin program to support projects at Valley Forge National Historical Park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Petersburg National Battlefield.