The United States wasn’t built in a day. Over time it has taken many shapes and forms to tell the tale of our nation’s history. The houses, cabins, forts, missions, and businesses of the time help tell the story.
Native American tribes, slaves, and settlers didn’t have the technology that we have today. They used natural materials like stone, wood, and mud were used to build and insulate homes. The use of these resources enabled them to stay cool during hot summers and warm in cold winters. Simple in design and utilitarian in use, many of these structures are still standing today.
For example, in 1000 AD New Mexico, the Acoma Pueblo “Sky City” protected local communities from enemy attacks. Today it is the oldest inhabited area in the United States.
National Parks, community walkways, and snack stands encompass many of the forts (The Alamo) and log cabins (Jacob Wolfe House) of yesterday. Many of the original missions and churches built during pre and post-colonial America (Mission San Juan Capistrano) are still used as places of worship. While others are local historical landmarks that capture the early histories of towns and cities.
Those family road trips that you loved as a kid could return as a popular trend this year.
It’s predicted that 31 percent of Americans will hit the road this summer. While many are still uncertain due to coronavirus concerns, cheap gas prices and short waiting lines could be motivators.
Until then, virtual family trips may become as popular as Zoom parties.
Grab the kids and pack your bags. Our friends at BigRentz are taking you on a virtual road trip to explore the oldest buildings in America. Be sure to check out your home state to find out if your home state made the top 15 list!
The oldest buildings in America (in each state)
The 15 oldest buildings in America
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