Log cabin in Elkhart County

Almost completely hidden from view by the trees during the summer is a log cabin still standing in Elkhart County. It is located a few feet to the west of County Road 15, north of County Road 40 in Harrison Township. The Indiana Landmarks inventory of historic structures says the cabin was built in 1836. It likely predates the road it is near. Not many log cabins built in the 1830s still stand and especially looking so close to their original appearance. Through the years the cabin has been part of a farm owned by the Beitler, Wenger and Nunemaker families.

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My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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8 Responses to Log cabin in Elkhart County

  1. HattieBelle says:

    My step-great-great grandfather was a Nunemaker who was raised in that cabin. He married my great-great-grandmother after her first husband died and adopted her daughter (my great-grandmother). I’ve got pictures of that family. What is strange is that my great-great-grandmother’s first husband’s family home (also a cabin) still exists on County Road 50. Both of the cabins are pictured in a book called Elkhart County’s Interim Report of Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, published September 2005. Among a slew of farms and mansions, the only two cabins in that book had been the homes of two of the same woman’s husbands.

  2. HattieBelle says:

    Yes it is. My great-great-grandfather was Noah Stump. His father was John Stump who was the son of Daniel Stump, the builder of the cabin on CR 50. My great-great-grandmother, Pheobe Darkwood’s first husband was Noah Stump. Noah died in 1880. They had a daughter, Barbara Ellen Stump. Within a year on Dec. 5, 1880, Pheobe married Jacob Nunemaker. Jacob adopted Phoebe’s daughter, Barbara Ellen. According to his obituary, Jacob was born on the original family homestead which I assume was the cabin.

    I always thought it was interesting that both of my great-great-grandmother’s husband’s family’s cabins are still in Elkhart County and in such good condition.

  3. HattieBelle says:

    Jacob’s father, Thomas Nunemaker, whom I always thought built the cabin, was born in Bucks, Pennsylvania in 1822. That would have made Thomas only 14 if the cabin was built in 1836. Thomas’ father Solomon died in Bucks, Pennsylvania.

    • historynut11 says:

      Do you know who owns the property now where the log cabin is on CR 50? I would like to get a photo of it but will need permission from the property owner. The cabin is too far off the road to get a photo from the road. Tim

      Sent from my iPhone

  4. Mark Howe says:

    Thanks for filling in the blanks, Tim!

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