Westfield Washington Historical Society & Museum

The 1835 Barker Family Log Cabin is OPEN!

We had our wonderful Grand Opening Celebration on June 3rd 2023 in combination with the Hamilton County Bicentennial month for Washington Township. We will post more pictures about it in our Museum Software Collections Website, but here the big moment of the opening!

Extra Opening Days June 14-16!

Update on the Barker Log Cabin Reconstruction!

Our President Diana Peyton did a wonderful job not just on the reconstruction of the cabin but also documenting EVERY STEP of the reconstruction. It went fast and took so much time from her and others in the historical society and the many volutneers. Most of the progress was documented on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/WestfieldHistory

Over time we will also add more information and some of our research here - and who knows, maybe even publish a book about it!

NOTE: The construction is getting close to be done! You can still purchase memorial bricks for the area around the cabin! See below! We will add these orders to the next batch that will be places in early 2023!

Buy-A-Brick Nicholas Barker Cabin Rebuild Fundraiser


WE HAVE SUBMITTED OUR BATCH OF BRICK ORDERS TO OUR PARTNER. The engraving is starting and bricks will be placed in November. Any additional orders submitted will be queue up for a second run in the future when we have a good number ready.

NOTE: Make sure to check out our WWHS Facebook page for up to date information on the progress of the Log Cabin rebuild! https://www.facebook.com/WestfieldHistory

"Excitement is in the air" is an understatement. We, the Westfield Washington Historical Society have received approval from the City Council and the City to reconstruct our 1835 Nicholas Barker log cabin in the vacant lot beside City Hall. We have chosen a reconstruction company and plans are underway. Hopefully, construction will begin in the May timeframe.

This cabin was built by Nicholas Barker about 1835. He was a member of the Quaker Meeting of Friends and we are convinced he was involved in the Underground Railroad. This 22' x 20' cabin has some extra special hand planed wooden beams that are more finely crafted than most cabins of the day. It is a one room cabin with a huge 10' fireplace. Some of the native to the area hand hued logs are 23 to 25 inches tall.

Now, see why we are so excited! We are offering families and businesses in our community and connected to our community the opportunity to be a part of this cabin by purchasing a Nicholas Barker Log Cabin Walkway Brick. These bricks come in two sizes, a 4" x 8" for $100 or an 8" x 8" for $200. These bricks will be the sidewalk going to and coming from the cabin. Please consider memorializing your family or business by purchasing one (or more!) of these bricks. 

You can donate to our fundraiser and as thank you your name, a relative or business name will be put on a 4x8 or 8x8 brick that will be part of the sidewalk of the reconstructed historic cabin!


First pay there, and then fill out the Order Form (listed in the store) with the details of the name/business or business logo you want to put on the brick(s)!


You can also donate additional amounts and become a sponsor of our efforts in general or individual items/work we need done to make this dream come true! Please contact our President Diana Peyton and talk to her about it! dpeyton@wwhs.us or call her at 317.710.7919


Michael K shot this video below with a new to him DJI gimbal, sorry the video is a big jerky, but thought it would still be nice to look at! This was done in May 2022!