The Heckman Log Cabin was home to the Heckman's since the 1890s when they arrived in the Genoa/Elmore area. It was located on Nissen Road and later moved to Ory Park in Elmore. In 1981 it was donated to the Elmore Historical Society by Mildred Magsig.
The cabin was built by the Stauffer Family in the 1860s, sold to the Butlers and later the Heckmans. Mattie Heckman was born in the cabin on February 13, 1893 and lived there with her brother Clarence until their deaths in the 1970s. They were the children of John and Julia (Ganon) Heckman. Mattie was an elementary school teacher at the Harris-Elmore School for 39 years and had spent 12 years in the rural Elmore schools.
When the cabin reached the hands of the Elmore Historical Society, the siding was stripped and an elaborate flagstone fireplace and porch were added. It has been furnished with artifacts from the Heckman Family and period pieces that would have been used during the years that the Heckman's lived there.
Step back into history as you learn of the trials and tribulations of early pioneers that settled the Black Swamp. We welcome visitors to tour the cabin during special events, open houses, and by appointment. See glimpses of pioneer life as portrayed by period living historians as they perform every day tasks and tell stories of Elmore's heritage. Please refer to EHS event fliers and the website for special demonstrations and activities at the log cabin, including period games, gardening, cooking, and daily chores.
Also stop into the Heckman Cabin for a holiday treat as the house is decorated for Santa's visit!!
Santa comes every Decemeber to see all his good little boys and girls as they tell him their Christmas wishes. Come join us the Friday and Saturday before Christmas from 6:30pm-8pm on both nights.
**The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War Tent #151 (Dr. Mary E. Walker--Fremont, Ohio) meet at the Heckman Log Cabin each month. Contact Jane (above) for details on joining.