Log buildings in Norwood, Ohio.

Although there are no longer any log buildings in Norwood,
at one time there were many.

  • "Civil War House" (1864-1950)
    The G.A.R. (Civil War veterans) would met here at 5243 Montgomery Road (north corner of Montgomery Road and Fenwick Avenue). It was condemned and demolished by the City in 1950.

  • Duck Creek Baptist Church (1803-1835)
    This log church at Edmundson Road, overlooking the Duck Creek and Duck Creek Road, was built after the Columbia Baptist Church took a vote in December 1801, to construct a new meeting-house on Duck Creek. The church was completed in 1803, but wasn't permanently occupied until 1808. In 1835, the log structure was replaced with a brick church, which stood there until at least 1890. The congregation had moved to Mt. Lookout and then to its current church in Hyde Park.

  • Duck Creek Presbyterian Church (1797-1800)
    When the Columbia branch of the Cincinnati-Columbia Presbyterian Church split into two, one group led by Joseph, Daniel and Ralph Reeder, James Lyon and others, moved to Duck Creek near Columbia Road, Some writers said it was opposite the northern end of Edwards Road (before I-71 was constructed, Edwards Road continued to and ended at Duck Creek Road), which would place it in Norwood, while others have wrote that it was on the Lester Farm, which may put it outside Norwood. Wherever the exact location, here they built a small log church, which was then named the Duck Creek Presbyterian Church. In 1800, possibly because of flooding, the building was dismantled and moved a mile north, where it was reconstructed. In 1818, the church was renamed the Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church, named after a cemetery the church had there since 1795. Soon, the area around the church and cemetery would acquire the name Pleasant Ridge. In 1825, the old log church was replaced with a one-room brick church.

  • Slane Avenue Cabin (1800?-1910s)
    This home was located in Slane Avenue, between Elsmere and Floral Avenues, near the Grace United Methodist Church. Although the actual owners of this building hasn't been determined, it has been written that it was the first home in pioneer pre-Sharpsburg, and was used as a residence from 1800 to 1895. A 1917 Sanborn map shows the building and some small structures on the property. Later, the section of Slane Avenue from Elsmere Avenue to Floral Avenue was opened. It was probably at this time that the log cabin was demolished, since it would have been in the middle of the street. The original access to the property was suggested to be off what is today's Williams Avenue.

  • Sharpsburg Tavern (early 1800s-?)
    The original rest stop or store between Montgomery and Smith Roads was probably a log building. It has been written that when the old Sanker House was being remodeled, part of what may have been one of the earliest log cabins in the area was discovered to be part of the building. It hasn't been determined who may have been the original proprietor, but the following are some of the owners — John W. Sanker (purchased in 1868), McDonald (1858-1868), Thompson (1840s), Fowler, and Mills. Perhaps, Sam Bowman, tavern and coach stop operator, or John Sharp, store proprietor, was the original owner. It has been said that Bowman, after several years of occupying the land at the crossing of State and County Roads, had the land deeded to him in 1809.

  • Stagge Homestead
    This old lob cabin was located on Montgomery Road, between Cleneay and Lexington Avenues, probably at today's Stone's Bowling Lanes. Joe Staggs said he was born in 1883 in a log cabin at this location.

  • Wolverton Home (early 1800s-?)
    In 1807, the two children, Jemima, almost 5, and John, about 3, of Daniel Wolverton were lost in the woods for two days, after getting permission from their mother to look for berries near their log cabin on the east side of what is now Montgomery Road, opposite Quatman Avenue. With the help of neighbors, the children were found, safe, but weary, on the hills east of Reading, near the later site of Mount Notre Dame.

  • Wooley Homestead (1806-1911)
    This old residence was located in what became East Norwood, near Highland Avenue. It was mentioned in the 1943 W.P.A. book, "Cincinnati, A Guide to the Queen City and Its Neighbors."