Talking with an older relative the other day as we passed a small log cabin a local fellow built from logs he cut on his property. I appeared to be a nicely done job, but was small, perhaps 12ft x 14ft. And we started wondering about the size of the actual cabins raised on the early frontier. We had both been to the remnants of small villages here in Pennsylvania and the stone foundations were also small, so we think the cabins and houses must have been fairly small away from the settlements as well. The old stone foundations at long gone village called Rausch Gap were the size ofthe cabin we just passed. The old foundation of the early house on my property was at best 14 x 18. There are several small clusters of cottages in this area and the sizes are also similarly small. One house still occupied up the road is perhaps 16 x 16, not including the front porch. I have been to the Ft Clark historical site in North Dakota, (last occupied in the 1830's) and most of those foundations were also sort of small. My first white ancestor in the New World, landed in Philadelphia in fall of 1685, and records indicate that he lived in a sort of dug out cellar with a roof over it for the first couple years here. That could not have been very big either. Is there documentation about the sizes of the average frontier cabin? when I see the cabin in Last of the Mohicans, I can't help but think that must have been a mansion to most frontier folks.