Roadtrip: Herr Log Cabin in Lebanon Memorial Park
Guest Roadtripper Bonnie Carter, who is a member of the Indiana Historical Society Board and continues to pursue her interest in Indiana and Boone County history, suggests a Roadtrip to the 1839 Herr Log cabin in Memorial Park in Lebanon, Indiana. Lebanon is just northwest of Indianapolis in Boone County.
Bonnie tells us that "A series of early 1800 treaties established much of central Indiana as land available to early Indiana Territory settlers. Boone County was established in 1830, and farmers were excited for new markets for their crops and livestock. Roads existed but were challenging. In 1851, the railroad coming from Lafayette to Lebanon was a big plus for farmers.
The Herr family has been farming in Boone County for six generations. Benjamin and Abigail Herr bought an 1839-built log cabin and 160 acres in Perry Township and used it as their home. Members of the family later built and moved to a white frame house just north of the cabin. The last Herrs to live in the cabin were Charley Herr and family.
The Herr family had also established Herr Grain Elevator in 1917. Herr Station is the site of still-operating Kern, Kirtley and Herr Grain Elevator.
Later the Herr family donated the cabin to the James Hill Chapter of the DAR. The Herr Log Cabin was also moved to Memorial Park and is available for rent for special events. It also has been renovated inside and out!"
Bonnie also recommends Erin Dulhanty Herr's book "The Cabin", which acquaints readers with Indiana farm life in the late 1800s. Happy Roadtripping!
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