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The DeWitt Family / The DeWitt Log Homestead

 
 
The DeWitt Family Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
1. The DeWitt Family Marker (Side A)
Inscription.
Side A: The DeWitt Family
Zachariah Price DeWitt was born of a Dutch family in New Jersey in 1768. With brothers Jacob and Peter, he migrated to Kentucky where, in 1790, he married Elizabeth Teets, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1774. By 1805 all three brothers had settled in Ohio near Four Mile (Talawanda) Creek. Here Zachariah and Elizabeth raised corn, hogs, and eventually, nine children. Zachariah became a prominent community leader, operating a sawmill, building houses in Oxford, serving as Masonic Lodge secretary, and commanding a rifle company during the War of 1812. Tradition has it that Elizabeth wore a black sunbonnet to cover a scar from having been scalped as a child in Kentucky. Elizabeth died in 1843, followed by Zachariah in 1851. Both are buried in Darrtown Cemetery.

Side B: The DeWitt Log Homestead
Completed in 1805 by Zachariah DeWitt, this two-story log homestead is the oldest building in Oxford Township and one of the oldest remaining log structures in Ohio. On Miami University land and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, it has been under the care of the Oxford Museum Association since 1973. Constructed of hewn logs, the four-room house (with attic) has floors of ash and ceilings of tulip poplar and walnut. Its rafters are pegged, not nailed. A smokehouse still
The DeWitt Log Homestead Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
2. The DeWitt Log Homestead Marker (Side B)
remains nearby. Visited in late March 1810 by Miami trustees looking for a site to build the university, it is believed that Zachariah DeWitt suggested the crest of the hill just west of his home. And that is where the university was built.
 
Erected 2002 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, The Oxford Museum Association, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 13-9.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 30.634′ N, 84° 43.132′ W. Marker is in Oxford, Ohio, in Butler County. Click for map. Marker is at the homestead, 1000 feet north of Oxford-Trenton Road (Ohio Route 73) via an access road, and about 0.8 miles east of Patterson Avenue (US Route 27). Marker is in this post office area: Oxford OH 45056, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Legend of the Baby in the Well (within shouting distance of this marker); The Verlin L. Pulley Tower (approx. 0.6 miles away); Langstroth Cottage / Lorenzo Langstroth (approx. 0.7 miles away); William Holmes McGuffey House
The DeWitt Log Homestead Restoration Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
3. The DeWitt Log Homestead Restoration Marker
(approx. 0.9 miles away); William Holmes McGuffey (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Black (Pugh's Mill) Covered Bridge (approx. 1.3 miles away); Oxford Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Restoration Movement / Doty Settlement Cemetery (approx. 3.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Oxford.
 
Categories. AgricultureEducationFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsMan-Made FeaturesNotable BuildingsNotable EventsSettlements & SettlersWar of 1812
 
The DeWitt Family / The DeWitt Log Homestead Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
4. The DeWitt Family / The DeWitt Log Homestead Marker
Looking north.
The DeWitt Log Homestead image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
5. The DeWitt Log Homestead
The DeWitt Log Homestead North Facade image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
6. The DeWitt Log Homestead North Facade
The DeWitt Log Homestead Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
7. The DeWitt Log Homestead Sign
Looking east along Oxford-Trenton Road (SR 73).
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,933 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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