In 1772 Isaac Walker and his brother Gabriel came west from Lancaster County and was the first to record a legal claim to this land. His family built the Log House in 1784 and made their living as farmers. Subsequent generations planted several acres of apple trees. One of the orchard’s apple species dates back to the 16th century.
The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden has restored the Log Cabin and reintroduced apple saplings with the same provenance as the original orchard. Today the Heritage Homestead also has a pioneer garden laid out to incorporate flowers, fruit, vegetables and herbs, and a chicken coop that is home to a brood of Barred Rock Chickens.