The Cabin Faced West

Ann Hamilton's family has moved to the western frontier of Pennsylvania, and she misses her old home in Gettysburg. There are no girls her age on Hamilton Hill, and life is hard. But when the Hamiltons survive a terrible storm and receive a surprise visit from George Washington, Ann realizes that pioneer life is exciting and special.

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By Melody (Gresham, OR) · ★★★☆☆ · November 06, 2014
I enjoyed this more than I expected to, which is always a treat. Though I knew what was coming in the afterword- it felt true throughout. Tears filled my eyes twice, once about a man on a horse, and once at the very end. The pure joy of being a child in the woods is captured with grace herein, as... ...more
By Sarah (The United States) · ★★★★★ · April 10, 2010
I loved this book as a kid and I read it often. I don't know why I loved it so much, but I still remember all the details and such. It was one of the only books I read over and over at that age. I suppose it was because I wanted to be that little girl who met George Washington. Anyhow, this book... ...more
By Valerie (Lawton, OK) · ★★★★★ · September 17, 2013
The perfect story to read after our visit to Mount Vernon, Virginia. :) We loved it! ...more
By Laura (Hohenwald, TN) · ★★★★☆ · November 13, 2012
I just love the front cover of this book. It pops with color. And best of all, I can feel the cool breeze which is whisking the leaves and tugging at Ann’s braids…

The Story.

Everything west. Western rules, western manners, western goals, western food… Even the cabin faces west! Ann is unsure how l... ...more
By Gale (Rutland, VT) · ★★★☆☆ · April 19, 2013

Where can 10-year-old Anne Hamilton find a girlfriend in the rugged Pennsylvania wilderness in post-Revolutionary times? She hates the road which leads back East, to her former Gettysburg home. Many people have caught Wilderness Fever, but not young Anne, who misses her... ...more
By The other John (Seattle, WA) · ★★☆☆☆ · May 01, 2008
This one's another pioneer girl tale. I'm getting tired of pioneer girl tales, so I probably won't rate this as high as it may deserve. I suppose that's the burden I must bear, being the father of daughters and reading their books and all. I suppose I could wish I had sons, but with my luck, they... ...more
By Wendy (Ridge, NY) · ★★★★☆ · March 18, 2014
Authentic, detailed account of a pioneer family's new life in the early wilderness of Western Pennsylvania, interspersed with bits of actual historical events. I especially enjoyed reading about General George Washington's visit with the Hamiltons. Great piece of historical fiction for younger (a... ...more
By Trace (Canada) · ★★★☆☆ · May 29, 2014
I would have given this a 4 star rating, personally, but Luke read this one on his own and he's decided it was worth only 3.... he said he found it rather boring... Oh well - guess he can't love ALL of the classics... :) ...more
By Wendy (Colorado Springs, CO) · ★★★☆☆ · June 21, 2014
This was a cute story based on the author's great-great grandmother, Ann Hamilton. 3.5 stars ...more