Entrance to the Log House.
Entrance to the Log House.

House Inside A Redwood Log

Field review by the editors.

St. Augustine, Florida

This log house could have been cut from the same grove as the Famous One-Log House in redwood-happy northern California. It has obviously logged some mileage to end up over 3,000 miles from its birthplace, a free part of the Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum. A sign out front, painted to resemble a strangely cheerful tree, notes that a total of four "houses" were gutted from a single goliath trunk in 1938 (the Famous One-Log House claims 1946 as the year it was turned into a home). This one is 33 feet long and 8 feet high, has four rooms inside, and little entrance lamps on either end. A walk-through is cramped, dark, and brief.

The log is held together with multiple encircling straps of iron, and a sky blue tarp has been draped over it from end to end. Evidently, after all the years and miles, its roof leaks.

House Inside A Redwood Log

19 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, FL
Parked at the south edge of the parking lot of the Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum.
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