House Built by Denham

In 1837, the house was built by Butler Denham.  It served as a farm house, surrounded by almost 1300 acres of farmland.

Facts about the original house:

  • Mostly built of black walnut from the local sawmill
  • White oak was used for sills, studs, and floor joists; bark was left on the floor joists
  • All timbers were connected by mortise and tenon, secured by heavy wooden pins
  • Lath was hand-split from scrap wood from the sawmill
  • Mortar was made from mud