1899 Cabin – Pendleton, IN

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226 Mill Rd, Pendleton, IN 46064

  • $17,500
  • 0.88 Ac.
RARE lot/land available in downtown Pendleton!! This beautiful property sits on .88 acres and is lined by mature trees! There is currently an uninhabitable 1 bdrm historic log cabin on the property that was built in 1899. Land is zoned Historic residential.

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22 Comments on 1899 Cabin – Pendleton, IN

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11846 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I had to post the Jed Clampett cabin!

    Thanks Rosewater for sharing.

  2. Tommy Q says: 463 comments

    I’m all in! If it wasn’t on such a busy seven-lane thoroughfare, I’d purchase it in heart beat! (Insert sarcasm smilie here) Also appears to back up against a creek. Very cool!

  3. Anna Stehling says: 17 comments

    Ok I get dibs! On this one! I might not be able to afford indoor plumbing after I buy it but I likes this one.

  4. Paul Price says: 200 comments

    Just down the lane and two country roads over from Bug Tussle.

  5. CharlestonJohn says: 1127 comments

    Uninhabitable? That’s a matter of opinion. The key to outhouse placement is knowing the prevailing wind direction. This actually looks like a fun restoration project for a destination location like a lake or river. I’m not sure what you’d do with it in a residential area halfway between Indy and Muncie.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6562 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Nooooo, nonsense! 😉 Pendleton is right off 69, and less than 1/2 hour from 465. One could easily live here and commute into the city. Pendleton is a CUTE little town just starting to see upswing in value as an Indy bedroom community, and this is a nice little spot on Fall Creek, right at the edge of town. If it had at least two more acres I’d have bought it yesterday! 🙂

  6. JimHJimH says: 5127 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Looks much earlier than 1899 – I’d want to do some research. Maybe build a compatible new home and restore this as a guest house. Love it!

    • John Shiflet says: 5470 comments

      By 1899, not many log cabins were still being constructed as far as I know. I’ve seen a couple of reliably dated 1890’s log cabins (in Hughes County) that served as temporary farm houses in newly settled Oklahoma so the skills to construct these basic shelters weren’t entirely lost decades after regular milled lumber became available. I suspect this basic log structure could actually date from the first decades of the 19th century when Indiana was being newly settled. Perhaps it was moved to the site in 1899? Experts on these early structures can look at the joinery and other tell-tale details to determine a reliable construction date. However, that is outside my area of expertise.
      “Uninhabitable” within the context of a log cabin doesn’t tell us much. That said, its likely should anyone actually wish to occupy the former dwelling as a home they would be required to make some modern updates to meet local building codes. (they may also have to submit architect drawings and plans when any building permits are pulled) From the listing clues, I suspect the suggested intent is for a new home to be constructed on the site with the cabin being something of a historical outbuilding novelty. In that case, it could be minimally rehabbed to keep the elements out and used as a garden shed or other non-residential purpose. It should not, because of its probably historical significance, be demolished. Indiana Landmarks might be of assistance for steps required to preserve the old cabin. Most readers are aware that log cabin living is popular for some folks although today’s new versions are constructed differently and usually have all modern amenities inside.

  7. JRC says: 145 comments

    When street view was done in 2013, it looked like someone might live there. White paneled front door and curtains in the window. There was also a garbage bin out by the road.

  8. Karen says: 1148 comments

    I didn’t think log cabins were being built this late in the 19th century. So maybe it does date from earlier. I wonder why the local historical society doesn’t ask for donations and do fundraisers to get the money to buy it.

  9. karrie says: 238 comments

    would love to see what it looks like on the inside. Nice lot to build another house and yes, make this little cabin a guest house, or a nice retreat!

    • abevy says: 332 comments

      Love this. Wonder if cabin could be purchased and moved. I wish we could have gotten at least one inside picture. How big is this?

  10. montana says: 246 comments

    indoor plumbing is overrated. think of the time you would save if you lived up here in Maine and had an outhouse to go to on those days it gets down below zero. why, you would be back in the house in no time. I did it til I was 16. it REALLY makes you appreciate indoor plumbing.
    and you’re right – the local historical society should get this one.

  11. Karen Abadie says: 105 comments

    I’m going to have to check this out. Looks like it’s kind of behind the American Legion Bldg. I go to Fall’s Creek Park at least once a week, if not more often.

  12. GoddessOdd says: 334 comments

    I absolutely love the little cabin, and I agree with CharlestonJohn, uninhabitable is a matter of opinion. To bad it’s not on a larger piece of property. I think it would be great to do something I saw on an architectural blog a while ago. The cabin was preserved in pristine condition, but was sort of enfolded in a larger structure with all the mod cons. Every bit of the cabin was visible, (some only visible from inside the extension, some from outside) if memory serves, and the structure was preserved intact.

  13. JB says: 101 comments

    I absolutely love this! (Yes, Kelly, cue the Beverly Hillbillies theme song! lol) The yard has been beautifully maintained. Just a little elbow grease and a few repairs and we’re ready to go! 🙂

  14. PWilliam says: 8 comments

    My grandfather was born in a log cabin in Indiana in 1901. I believe that it was built in the 1870s from trees felled on the land that he was clearing to farm outside of the town of Berne. Milled lumber was available, but this was the cheaper alternative. They then built a bank barn for the farm and then a farm house, relegating the cabin to a summer kitchen.

  15. Raymon Unseitig says: 199 comments

    for awhile we had outhouse in Indiana. very convenient. 🙂 there was a phone book and a Sears catalog. pan of water. No phone just the book.

  16. Colleen J says: 1168 comments

    Super cute … would make a nice “she” cave, pintrest could help with that!

  17. Scully63 says: 1 comments

    If you had the capital and were willing to do it, I think this would make a fun place to live. I’d want to build on a bathroom if there wasn’t one already. It’s too bad we couldn’t see the inside.

  18. jewlsseven says: 90 comments

    I finally found an update about this cabin and wanted to share. The cabin has been purchased and will be relocated to Falls Park in Pendleton Indiana. So glad to hear that the cabin will be restored!

    “Hey Pendleton family here is the update on the Log Cabin as promised. The Log Cabin on Mill Rd. has been purchased and donated to the Park department which they accepted. A committee is being formed to restore the log cabin for use in Falls Park. We are working with South Madison Community Foundation to set up donation of funds for use on the Log Cabin restoration project. This will be a community project for those who have connections to our beautiful historic community. Still need someone to work on the history of the log cabin. We need everyone to be involved with this project. Just imagine if each person donated 5.00 or 10.00 to the project. Will post more information as it develops. Blessings!”

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