It will stand at 121 S. Broadway, next to the county history museum, on the same block with the Lebanon Public Library, centered in an historic building commissioned by Andrew Carnegie. A train station across the street adds to the nostalgic ambience in the center of the city, older than Ohio itself.
Once the foundation is ready, hand-hewn logs dated to 1794-95 and made from saplings felled around 1660, will be used to build the walls, left exposed on two sides, but covered with clapboards on the other two, to take the weather.
This is a rendering of the early Ohio pioneer cabin to be reconstructed in Lebanon.
“A log cabin without siding doesn’t work. They rot away,” Stewart explained in furthering his explanation of the importance of historic preservation.
The cabin, expected to cost about $85,000 to rebuild, “is pretty much paid for, Coyan said. Donations are now being accepted for an endowment to be established for its maintenance.
This cabin, dated back to the late 1700s was disassembled and is being rebuilt in Lebanon.
The plan and a certificate of appropriateness was approved in October by Lebanon officials.
“The proposed site improvements contribute to the cultural aspects of the area,” according to a staff report.
Rather than the two-floor structure found near Lebanon Correctional Institution, the cabin will be a single floor, based on difference in the wood on the first and second floors. Plans to sell the land have stalled, while reclamation of the old cabin continues.
Timbers dated pre-1800 and believed to be part of the Beedle Station cabin will be used in a reconstruction in process in downtown Lebanon.
Credit: Lawrence Budd
Credit: Lawrence Budd
The oldest logs are oak; the upper level was made from hickory, around 1812, after the Treaty of Greenville lessened concern of attacks by Native American tribes, according to tests.
“They probably cannibalized the block house to enhance their cabins,” Coyan said. A large stone fireplace, donated for the project, will take up much of one log wall.
Original stone will be used as a facade for the foundation. A split-rail fence will be added, along with handicapped accessibility. An I-Beam needed to assure its stability was also donated.
“We want to do it right,” Coyan said.