Joseph Ayotte Sr. was born in Lower Canada (Quebec) in 1808 and came to Upper Canada with the lumber drive. He remained in Upper Canada, in Peterborough County, married, and had a family of nine children. This was his first family home, which became the cottage once a larger home was built.
The main structure of this cedar log home provides an excellent example of lap keying, a type of joinery, evident at the corners of the building. There is also an upper level, no longer accessible to the public, which would have been used as a loft bedroom.