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9 Wacky Old Houses That Are Like Something From A Fairy Tale

There are so many old buildings that just capture the imagination. Log cabins with odd additions or thatched roofs come to mind, but what about living inside a giant tree stump? These quirky old structures are unlike anything you’d see today – outside of an amusement park that is! But here’s the thing, folks actually lived in these houses once upon a time.

9 Wacky Old Houses We Would Have Loved to Visit!

Barrel house in Tonopah, Nevada. Early settlers made buildings of whatever materials they has on hand. A replica of this building was later constructed at Knott’s Berry Farm. Via/ Flickr

9 Wacky Old Houses We Would Have Loved to Visit!

Early settlers in Washington. Cedar stump residence, circa 1901. Via/ Library of Congress

9 Wacky Old Houses We Would Have Loved to Visit!

Same house as above from another angle. Via/ Flickr

9 Wacky Old Houses We Would Have Loved to Visit!

Slope-sided house in Ottawa believed to have once been a former water tower. Via/ Flickr

9 Wacky Old Houses We Would Have Loved to Visit!

Former-professional baseball player and preacher Billy Sunday’s ranch, photographed 1910s. Via/ Library of Congress

Since the birth of photography, subjects like unusual landmarks were the stuff of postcards and cabinets cards, so we’re lucky we have some photographic evidence of these wonderful old buildings which are pure magic. From cedar stumps to giant logs to shanty boats, these unique homes remind us of something from a folktale!

9 Wacky Old Houses We Would Have Loved to Visit!

Floating cabin in Washington State. Via/ Flickr

9 Wacky Old Houses We Would Have Loved to Visit!

Two story stump house in Vancouver, British Columbia, photo taken before 1910. Via/ Flickr

9 Wacky Old Houses We Would Have Loved to Visit!

Log cabin with tree house, Akron, OH. Via/ Flickr

9 Wacky Old Houses We Would Have Loved to Visit!

“One log” house from a single section of tree cut with a chainsaw, Washington State, 1958. Via/ Flickr

9 Wacky Old Houses We Would Have Loved to Visit!

Thomas McCord’s house “The Grange,” built in 1819 in Montreal, photographed in 1872. Via/ Flickr

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