Oldest known home in Columbus: 208 years loggedBy Jim Weiker, The Columbus Dispatch
Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 5:48 AM
The cabin was built in 1804 midway between the emerging settlements of Franklinton and Worthington. Unlike older homes that have been altered beyond recognition, Zieglerís cabin is unmistakably historic.
Inside, the walls, ceilings and floors are solid oak and walnut, darkened and weathered with time but otherwise in remarkable condition. Wide wood planks form the floor; low timber beams hold up the second-floor loft; and a massive stone slab, rubbed smooth from use, creates the hearth. The windows are small, and the fireplace is huge.
Its unaltered appearance is one of several remarkable facts about the log home. The cabin was built eight years before Columbus was founded. The next-oldest continually occupied home in the city is a full 15 years younger.
Surprisingly, the cabin doesnít sit in the oldest part of the city, Franklinton, but is instead nestled among student rentals in the University District. In its 208 years, the home has been owned by only two families.Rest of the article and photo slideshow of the cabin: