Rebirth of a Log House


Nearly 15 years ago, construction started to rebuild a log house on the grounds of the Beaver Area Heritage Museum in Beaver, PA. The original house was donated to the Heritage Foundation in 1996 after being discovered beneath an existing frame house.


The utilitarian site design was created, typifying frontier living during the initial settlement of Beaver, circa 1802.  The goal was for visitors to experience a step back in time, more than two centuries earlier.


“The site was designed, pro-bono, by Pashek Associates, for the Beaver Area Heritage Foundation,” explains ASLA member Nancy Lonnett Roman. “It is adjacent to the museum, of which our firm also provided design assistance.” 


The flowing curves of the design are meant to evoke the pattern of an untouched, natural environment. Beds containing Pennsylvania smokehouse apple trees, edible currants, field grasses, and native Beaver County wildflowers—indicative of the era—are pictured throughout this post. Learn more about the context-specific site design here.

As explained by the Museum’s website, “an extensive vegetable garden (pictured above) flanks the main entrance path to the house, bordering and screening the hairpin fence along the adjacent railroad tracks.  Climbing vegetable vines soften the screen while enhancing wonderful views of distant, wooded hillsides.”


The plantings need to be maintained, monitored, and some must be replaced over time. Each year brings a new challenge and new volunteer projects for ASLA member Nancy Lonnett Roman and her firm.

Images via Beaver Area Heritage Museum and Nancy Roman.

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