Monday, October 18, 2010

Caesar Creek Pioneer Village


On a resent trip to Waynesville for the Sauerkraut Festival
my daughter and I ran across this Pioneer Village at Caesar
Creek State Park in the area. At the time we were there they
were holding a Harvest Fest but it  closed at 5 P.M. so we
were too late to take the tour of the village but I did get
some pictures by walking around the perimeter of the village.
The village houses are only open on special events held there
but you may walk around it.


Caesar's Creek Pioneer Village is an collection of over 18 log cabins and other buildings from 1793 to 1812.
The village is located on the banks of Caesar Creek Lake in
Southwestern, Ohio.



The Bullskin Inn

The Bullskin Inn is named for the old animal and Indian trail from the Ohio River to Detroit. The trail went just east of Harveysburg and roughly followed present day Route 380, north to Xenia and Oldtown, then on to Detroit. It went south to Clarksville and on to the Bullskin creek, it then crossed the Ohio River and went on to the salt licks on the Licking River in Kentucky.  

    The trail was started by buffalo and other wildlife going to the salt licks.  The Native Americans also used the trail in their travels north and south. Both Simon Kenton and Daniel Boone are thought to have used the trail in their travels and in their escape from the Shawnee Indians at Old Chillicothe, Old Town.

     During the war of 1812 wagon trains full of supplies going to Admiral Perry on Lake Erie traveled the trace which had now become a road.  Since Pioneer Village is so close to this trail it seemed fitting to help retain the history of the Bullskin trail, therefore the Inn at the Village was "The Bullskin Inn".


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Lukens House

   In 1807 Levi Lukens and his wife, Elizabeth Cleaver Lukens, immigrated to Warren County, Ohio, as part of the exodus of Quakers into the area. They shortly purchased 1,000 acres in Massie Township along the banks of Caesar's creek and constructed their first permanent dwelling.

CC_Pioneer_MillsHouse Mills -Taylor House

The Mills-Taylor saddlebag house was built by a Mr. Taylor, possibly between 1795-1800. 
   Mr. Taylor may have been an indentured servant who had moved to Ohio from the South. This is one of only two saddlebag houses in the Village. A saddlebag is a house with two sections beside a common chimney, with a fireplace for each section. It differs from the Hawkins house in that it has a single level roof line, with one top sill log's spanning the entire length.


CC_PioneerVillage_1805FriendsMeetingHouse Friends Meeting House

The Friends meeting house was built in 1849. It was preceded by two log buildings, the first of which was built in 1805.



Blacksmith House

Little was known about the Blacksmith House but it was
thought to have been an early resident house.



Rail Fence

I loved the old rail fence at the front of the village.


Caesar Creek Lake was also dressed up for the Harvest Fest
with some Fall Colors.



The Gulls were enjoying the lake on a warm Fall

It was fun to see some of the history in a different part
of our state and I so enjoyed the old log buildings and
the beauty of Caesar Creek State Park.

Until Next Time,


Anonymous said...

Dear Lona, I have found your account of this pioneer village absolutely fascinating. It is good that these places which have played such an integral part in the history of your country are preserved for future generations to enjoy and learn from.

Shirley said...

Those old preserved towns are wonderful to visit. You can imagine the people who once lived, loved and worked here. Great post Lona!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Lona, it is so great that you are able to show us these houses and the town. It is difficult to believe people lived under these conditions. I am sure someone will be saying this about us someday!


Balisha said...

I loved reading about the history of the village. Wonderful post and pictures. Balisha

lynn'sgarden said...

What a nice tour YOU provided, Lona! Fall in Ohio is beautiful! It's been extra wet and cold here so our foliage (in NJ) has come and gone fast.
Just LOVE that last photo!
Thanks for popping by my place!
Hope you got your bulbs in ;)

P.S. OMG...I NEED that kitten in your last post!!!

The Redneck Rosarian said...

Very interesting. The saddlebag house is something else. Had read about them, but never seen a photo of one.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

A lovely village to visit. Many beautiful memories has been created by people who once live in this village. I enjoyed the trip with you.

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful place!

Karen said...

Lona, thank you for adding another place for us to visit the next time we are in Ohio. We love to tour the historic places, there's such a sense of peace and permanence and it makes us more appreciative of all our comforts now!

Jeannie B. said...

How wonderful. It is so very beautiful and fallish. I find myself wondering if you were going to Waynesville, N. C. I used to teach heirloom sewing for Mimi's Fabrications (held at the golf club) before pat closed the fabric shop. Always in October.

Jim Groble said...

Thanks for the tour. Pat and I try to explore Ohio at least once a month.
Thanks for all your kind remarks.

Elephant's Eye said...

That last picture capturing the gull in flight is magnificent. Step back in time and try to imagine how they lived in earlier days.