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Pioneer Farm and House Museum

Pioneer Farm and House Museum, Brown Road at the eastern end of Doty Road, north of Oxford, near Hueston Woods State Park, is maintained by the Oxford Museum Association (OMA). According to an OMA brochure, it "was a farm homestead for 125 years until it became part of the developing Hueston Woods State Park in the mid 1950s. As Acton Lake was being created, the Ohio Division of Parks and Recreation renovated the old brick farm house for use as a park office. The house was made available to the Oxford Museum Association through a state lease and, in 1959, the association opened it to the public."

The OMA said "only a few years after Indians hunted and camped in the area, this tract first was bought by William Pack of Hamilton, Ohio, at the original sale of land parcels by the trustees of Miami University May 23, 1810. Pack sold it to Gabriel Hutchins in 1814. When Hutchins in turn sold it to Joseph Morris in 1832, no structures had been built on the land. Morris soon started his home, but construction progressed slowly. The house was to be of brick fashioned from clay dug and baked on the site. Inexperienced builders generally waited until itinerant brickmasters arrived with their wooden molds to produce the bricks." The OMA said "local legend says that until the house became available, Morris lived in the 'cave' which eventually became the root cellar at the northwest corner of the house." In the spring of 1844, the farm was sold to Samuel Doty. "Soon the neighborhood became known as the Doty community -- from the Doty homestead south a quarter mile to Doty School, with the Doty Road leading west from the farmhouse to Todd Road," said the OMA.

"For nearly half a century the Doty family kindled fires in the four-chimney hearths" in northern Oxford Twp.

Missing is the red barn that was on the property. The association says "the present barn is not an original fixture of the Doty homestead, but it is an authentic representation of the period in which the house became typical of farm life in the mid 1800s." July 11, 1980, a fire destroyed the original barn and much of the antique farm equipment stored in the building. The replacement is "believed to be of the 1840s vintage," reports the OMA. The Pennsylvania barn, or bank barn, had been scheduled for demolition at an undeveloped state park site near Trotwood, Ohio. (See Doty or Doty Settlement.)


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