Pine Street Carpenters Builds Thoreau's Cabin for Tyler Arboretum
October, 2008

This year, Pine Street Carpenters was one of the lead sponsors of Tyler Arboretum's exhibit, Totally Terrific Treehouses. Located in Media, PA, Tyler Arboretum is one of the oldest and largest arboreta in the northeastern United States, encompassing some 650 acres. As a sponsor of this exhibit, we constructed a replica of Henry David Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond for the exhibit. The full-scale replica, which measures 10' x 15', was built using as a guide both Thoreau's own writings and plans created by Roland Robbins, the archeologist who discovered the site of Thoreau's original cabin in 1945. Robbins' plans were used in the construction of the replica built at Walden Pond State Reservation in Concord, MA. The cabin features 6"x6" rough hewn framing timbers, cedar shakes for the roof and siding, a full brick chimney, and horse-hair plastered walls on the interior.

Thoreau built his cabin at Walden Pond in 1845 and lived there for two years, chronicling his experience in one of the most influential works penned by an American writer - Walden; or, Life in the Woods. As a skilled naturalist and philosopher, Thoreau's writings have inspired generations of people throughout the world to develop a closer relationship with the natural world. His call for a life of simplicity and his steadfast practice of civil disobedience in the face of societal injustice are important lessons still today. It is just such a message that Pine Street hopes visitors to its replica at Tyler Arboretum will experience.

We are proud to have partnered with nearly a dozen local businesses that made donations of time, talent, materials, and funds to help bring Thoreau's cabin to Tyler Arboretum. These partners include:

Beatty Lumber and Millwork, Upper Darby, PA
D'Antonio Electric, Concordville, PA
RJ DeLuca & Son, Media, PA
MacElree Harvey, Ltd., West Chester, PA
Jos T. Miller Co., Inc., Upper Darby, PA
O'Rourke & Sons, Inc., West Chester, PA
Montgomery Insurance Services, Inc., Media, PA
Marvic Supply Co., Inc., Edgemont, PA
Vincent F. Repetto and Co., West Chester, PA
Classic Stoneworks Masonry, West Chester, PA
Haddon Painting Co., Haddon Township, NJ


Tyler Arboretum awarded Pine Street Carpenters with the award for "Best Craftsmanship" in its Totally Terrific Treehouses exhibit, and Thoreau's Cabin is now a permanent fixture at Tyler Arboretum. Be sure to stop by Tyler Arboretum to visit the cabin and enjoy a fun-filled day in the woods! To learn more about Tyler Arboretum, visit

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