Logging Camps

As settlers came into the area that is now Warren Country, they first had to build homes to provide shelter for their families. This was a land of forests, so logs were easy to find for building. After their homes were built, the settlers then cleared land to raise crops to feed their families and animals. This meant that more trees were chopped down to provide farm land.

Once the settler's homestead was established, there was lumber left over to sell and make money. The men who had built their homes on the river or a creek used the water to power saws for cutting the logs into boards.

The Eastern White Pine tree was found in areas of Warren Country and was wanted by ship builders on the Atlantic Coast. The White Pines grew very tall and were used by the ship builders for masts. It has been told that some of the trees were so long that three railroad flatcars were needed to take the logs to shipbuilders.

Additional Logging Camp Resources:

A Shanty Boy's Meal: Lesson Plan

Biography: Living in a Lumber Camp as a Child

Logging Camps and Sawmills: Additional Info



Courtesy of the Warren County Historical Society