Plan A Visit
1795 Beedle Log Cabin
Address: 141 S. Broadway, Lebanon, Ohio 45036
Friday & Saturday | 10am-3pm
Please come to the Main Office, in Harmon Museum, to check in.
Closed Sundays, Mondays and some holidays: July 4, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
The oldest standing structure has been restored and safely relocated to the site, next to Harmon Museum, where all can enjoy this lost piece of history.
What You'll Find:
Restored to its former glory, the Beedle Log Cabin was originally built by William Beedle. his grown son and four son-in-laws, in August of 1795. This cabin, as well as four other cabins, a church and a blockhouse were part of the first settlement in Warren County, Beedle Station. This cabin is the last remaining building of that settlement and thus, the oldest log structure in Warren County. Click here for more on the cabin's history and here for more on the restoration/relocation project.
On our restored cabin, you'll find two sides displaying exposed beams and chinking. The large wooden logs weigh roughly 450lbs each and were saplings in 1660! This may be the look that comes to mind and often associated the term "log cabin" however, it was never meant to remain uncovered. Exposed to the elements, the logs would rot and the chinking would deteriorate and crumble,
Protection from the elements is exactly why we've chosen to install siding on the other two sides of the cabin. Wooden siding was often added to protect the structure as well as make the cabins look "up-scale." The invention of the circular saw, by the Shakers in 1840, made this look more accessible. (side note: several of the Beedles joined the Shakers, causing a rift in the family).
General Admission: Purchase below or at the door
Please come to the Main Office, in Harmon Museum, to check in. Children under age 17 must be accompanied by an adult.