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Log House

This classic old two story log structure was originally located in Loramie Township / Shelby County near Russia, Ohio.  The exact age is not known, however, we do know that the existing steeple notch log corners were discontinued around 1825.

This structure was the home of the Francis family until 1898, and was then owned by the Barga family until 1971.  The Dunker family kept it for a while and sold it to Lawrence Royer, who ultimately sold the dwelling to the Historical Society of Vandalia-Butler on April 23, 1979.


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After it was acquired by the Historical Society in 1979, members dismantled and stored the timbers of the house until 1980, when Mary C. Hoottinger donated the 8 1/2 acres homestead to the Historical Society.  Ground was broken on this site on May 3, 1981 and the log house was officially dedicated on September 18, 1983.  Typical furnishings and decorative items have been donated by members and friends.


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