These restoration pictures honor the vision and work of Roscius C. Doan and
Joseph Pollock before restoration began at the tavern.
Rotten logs and inappropriate openings were removed. Replacement logs were
salvaged from demolished area houses and barns. They were notched and spliced
into building. Over 40% of the logs were either replaced or spliced.
The original first floor joist system was completely deteriorated due to
termites and floods. (A bat was found living in the Summer Beam.) All joists
were replaced with salvaged beams.
The floor you see today was salvaged from the old Fairborn Stage coach stop.
Phase I completed Spring 1980.
Due to minor deterioration, the 2nd floor summer beam was reinforced with
steel so that replacement would not be a necessity.
Phase II was begun October 1981. To meet the expected load of a museum, the
2nd floor had to be reinforced. New popular beams, similar to originals, were
hand made and installed as additional joists.
The stones in the chimneys are from a local barn that was destroyed by a
The daubing was made from a mixture of sand, lime and hog’s hair, to imitate
the original material we also added a small quantity of Portland cement, for
The paving stones outside were salvaged from a canal warehouse in Miamisburg.
All the wrought iron hardware was hand made by Paul Wood, master blacksmith
emeritus of Carriage Hill farm.
Chimneys and fireplaces were built by Pottinger and Crider Masonry. Size and
placement of the Chimneys were determined by evidence found in the foundations
and in the floor framing.
Fortunately samples of all the original woodwork remained. Partition walls,
doors, window trim, door trim, baseboards and chair rail were fabricated to
match the originals. Where possible, original woodwork was salvaged and reused.
Replacements were made of poplar. Originally, the woodwork was a mixture of
walnut and poplar.
Phase II also brought poplar siding in the gable ends; a cedar shingle roof,
and window sash glazed with old glass. Certain concessions to modern living were
made: Gutters and downspouts, a gas furnace (concealed by the chimneys), attic
insulation, and electricity concealed by the chinking.
Architectural Reclamation, Inc. Franklin, Ohio
The Bar in the taproom was made by Terry and Frankie Lewis with lumber
donated by their grandfather, Louis Times. Terry, an employee of the Canal
Works, and Frankie of the Post Office of Miamisburg, also hung all the cabinets
and Terry did the mantels.
What began in 1975 as an asbestos brick covered rental duplex is now an
authentic log cabin, comfortable in the fashion of 1811.