Pennsylvania’s pioneering past: the Lower Swedish Cabin

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Pennsylvania’s crown jewel of longevity isn’t a grand colonial mansion but a humble log cabin – the Lower Swedish Cabin. Built around 1640 by Swedish settlers along the Delaware River, it’s considered the oldest surviving building in the state and one of the earliest Swedish structures in the U.S. This two-story log cabin showcases traditional Swedish building techniques with notched logs and a central chimney.

Used initially as a trading post and residence, it stands as a strong testament to Pennsylvania’s early European settlements and the enduring legacy of Swedish immigrants. Today, it’s a captivating snapshot into Pennsylvania’s colonial past.

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