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The Sandusky Log Cabin

Why move the cabin?

"We can't handle two properties."

That's how Sara Cast, president of the Catlin Historical Society, summed up the reasons for moving the 170-year-old log cabin.

Known as the Sandusky Log Cabin, the structure is currently part of a small ranch-style home at 502 South Sandusky Street in Catlin.

That home is currently (August 2004) being demolished so that the cabin can be moved intact to shelter in a new building on the grounds of the Catlin Heritage Museum, 210 North Paris Street.

The cost of maintaining two buildings and the number of people it took to staff both locations had become too much for the small society. "It was stretching us too thin," Cast said.

The previous owners of the house offered it to the society in December of 1997. The society paid $64,000 and took possession in May 1998.

It was an exciting time when volunteers started peeling away the layers of modern construction and exposing the walnut logs.

The original plan was to develop the site into an historical, educational and interpretive center showing the transition from one-room log cabin to modern-day house.

Now six years later, those plans have had to change.

"It will be easier with all on one property," Cast said.

The society has a "storage crunch", Cast said, and the new building on the museum grounds, in addition to sheltering the cabin, will give the society some much needed storage space.