NHT 03: Log House Letter


Hattie Greene left Vermont with her husband in 1845 for a new life in DuPage County. Soon after settling in Naperville, she wrote to her parents back in Vermont, describing her new log house: 

“Dear Mother, Come. Lay aside your work for a while and look into your daughter’s home—notice the large oak trees, is this not a nice yard, larger than yours?... But come on, the outer part is ragged to behold—naught but logs, their natural form and color, walk in—take my large rocking chair…. What a nice room 15x16 feet—my hemp carpet only three yards—striped and pretty and good. My walls are white, although rough. In the corner is our stand—my lamp, work basket and Bible…. Haven’t brought home our washstand yet. William is going to Chicago in a week or two with some wheat and will bring them home then.”