Rockford in Mercer County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Locating, Moving, and Restoration of the Anthony Shane Log House
Jerry Bolenbaugh, a local resident, contacted the Shanes Crossing Historical Society about this log house located on the present day farm of John King. The society knew nothing of this house but went to take a look at it and surprisingly it still stood though in disrepair. Upon further studies of maps it was believed the house could be Anthony Shane’s. With records being sketchy it will never be verified it was actually his house.
In August 1995, Glen Harper, District Coordinator of the Preservation Office of the Ohio Historical Society, scoped out the site and confirmed the double-log house is a log and chink structure typical of the time period of Anthony Shane, making it architecturally an historically significant. John King and his family were very cooperative in allowing people to cross his land to look at the house and
After contacting different sources on restoring such structures and determining cost of restoration it was decided by the society to raise money and do the relocation and restoration project themselves with volunteer labor. The Shanes Park board was willing to provide this site in the park for the relocation.
In the fall of 1996 the house was dismantled and each log numbered and moved to the park. The floor and foundation were poured and in the Spring of 1997 work began on placing the logs in the right order. Because of a large door being cut in one end of the house, replacement logs needed to be found and cut to fit with the old ones. Some old barns were being torn down in the area and replacement logs were salvaged from them.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1995.
Location. 40° 41.601′ N, 84° 39.329′ W. Marker is in Rockford, Ohio, in Mercer County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Front Street and North Oak Street. In Shane Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rockford OH 45882, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies . History of Anthony Shane (here, next to this marker); Hedges Memorial Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rockford Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of the First Automobile Wreck (approx. 5.8 miles away); First Successful Automobile (approx. 5.8 miles away); Ohio City Civil War Memorial (approx. 5.8 miles away); Willshire Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.7 miles away); Willshire, Ohio (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockford.
Also see . . . History of the Log House & Anthony Shane, Founder. The Shanes Crossing Historical Society (Submitted on July 5, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 1, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 527 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 1, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.