A log house with almost black looking wood, a brick chimney, and white furnishing with the doors and windows. There is a beautiful garden out front, with a paved path leading up towards the front door.
The Leslie Log House photographed by the City of Mississauga.

In Mississauga, Ontario, there is a historical landmark called the Leslie Log House. It has been conserved for more than 200 years and is a special and significant part of Canadian history. The Leslie Log House, which was constructed in the late 19th century, is evidence of the talent and workmanship of the first settlers in Canada. It’s a log cabin made with the age-old building process called “square notching.” Using this method, a wall is created by carving square notches into the ends of logs and stacking them on top of one another. John Leslie, a Scottish immigrant who arrived in what is now Mississauga in the 1820s, constructed the Leslie Log House. Leslie, a skillful carpenter, and his family constructed the log home. 

The house was later sold and transferred to its present site on the premises of Bradley Museum from where it had previously been situated on a sizeable plot of land that Leslie had bought. The Leslie Log House is now a well-liked tourist destination and a useful teaching tool for visitors to Mississauga. It offers tours and exhibits on early Canadian life and the Leslie family’s history. Visitors can learn about the difficulties and unusual building methods employed in the development of the log house as well as the issues faced by first Canadian settlers.

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