May 19, 2013
SPENCERVILLE — As the women chatted, the spinning wheels sitting on the porch of the old log cabin rarely stopped. In the yard, two teenage girls worked the weaving loom.
The scene could have come straight out of a picture of Spencerville 150-plus years ago. The only thing off is where the cabin sits today.
“It used to be in the 200 block of South Canal Street,” Raymond Young, of the Spencerville Historical Society, said while pointing south towards downtown.
Residents were invited Saturday to visit the cabin, now located near the corner of Fifth and Broadway streets. The cabin is regularly open from 1 to 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Schoolchildren often come through at some time during the school year.
The historical society occasionally holds special days at the cabin to try to drum up interest. Visitors on Saturday watched demonstrations from the Hawg Creek Spinners and Weavers group of Allen County. It’s important for people to visit, Young said.
“It is history,” he said. “It is part of the history of Spencerville.”
Judy Bebe, treasurer of the historical society, said the cabin built in the 1860s was located near the Spencerville Fire Department. A house had been built around the cabin and left inside. The cabin was found when the house was torn down.
The pieces of the cabin were put in storage and the historical society purchased the cabin in 2005. Residents worked to rebuild it at its current location, a job that took over a year and was completed three years ago.
Barbara East, of the historical society, said the group found items for the cabin, including a wood vice, various tools, bed, chamber pot and an old picture of a woman from Spencerville.
“We went to auctions and people from town donated a lot of it,” she said. “We tried to keep it as close as we could to that period of time.”