Taken from the old Joseph Smith homestead (yes, THAT Joseph Smith) in Palmyra, NY. We passed by the place and we stopped so I could snap a few photos. This is the upper floor ceiling. That’s how they held the roof rafters together, with wooden pegs. My own home, while not made of logs, also has roof rafters held together with wooden pegs. Here’s hoping they hold for a good, loooong time.
I do wonder, however, how often the settlers had to replace things like this. Honestly, the logs seemed rather slender and this wooden peg seems rather small… Palmyra is very close to Lake Ontario, home of the lake effect snow. I used to live east of here— some snowstorms would dump 5 to 7 feet all at once. Yikes, it would take a lot of custom challenge coins to rebuild a whole house after a roof collapse. Were these kinds of roofs secure, I wonder?