Greene County News Report
CEDARVILLE TOWNSHIP — Re-construction work at the Greene County Parks & Trails Indian Mound Reserve cabin in Cedarville Township began in earnest last week as the structure’s walls were raised. The building will be used for educational purposes.
The log house at Indian Mound Reserve was originally discovered underneath a house that was being torn down by Greene County Park District staff. Samples from the building dated it back to 1814, which means the home was probably built during that year.
According to GCP&T information, the style of the house is representative of houses built prior to 1825, however, early tax records indicate no permanent structure on this property until 1870. Historical accounts from the Samuel R. Heathcock family state that he dismantled a house “log by log” from a site seven miles away in Clark County and re-assembled it on the site in Cedarville Township. This account solves the mystery of how 1814 logs in a house style of pre-1825 don’t show up on the tax records until the 1870s.
The 1800s-style cabin had its walls put into place last week by American Antique Log Houses, based in Athens, as restoration efforts continue. For more information on donating to the log cabin restoration efforts, contact GCP&T at 937-562-6440 or email [email protected]
Greene County News Report compiled by Nathan Pilling.