Cline Cabin at Mohican State Park

The Cline Cabin, which was originally built in 1863, is located at Mohican State Park.

LOUDONVILLE -- The Cline Cabin at Mohican State Park was originally built on a hill, circa 1863, by German immigrant Constantine Cline.

The cabin continued to house generations of Cline descendants until 1947 when it was sold to the State of Ohio to be incorporated into the Mohican-Memorial State Forest. At that point, the cabin was abandoned and over the years became dilapidated.

Finally, in 1979 a plan to save the cabin was put into place. By relocating and restoring the structure, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources could move the park nature center from the State Forest headquarters at the North Entrance to the park campground offices near the South Entrance.

The Forest division would then convert the existing nature center space into a museum.

First, Nancy Stranhan of ODNR marked every log and mapped out the blueprints of the cabin. Then, the Mohican State Park crew carefully took it apart -- having to use narrow horse trails to get equipment to the cabin as no roads led to the location.

In 1980, Mohican State Park manager Dale Bricker and staff built a foundation, made of local stone, next to the park offices off of Route 3. Next, a Young Adult Conservation Corps crew under the supervision of Carl Miller, began working off of Stranhan's blueprints to slowly rebuild the cabin piece-by-piece.

The planks for the floors were sawn at Malabar Farm's sawmill, and then installed by the YACC crew. Finally, Bricker and park staff built a hearth with stone taken from the Clear Fork River.

The Cline Cabin served as the park's nature center until a new one was constructed in 2018, but following a second restoration the cabin remains open to the public.

Unfortunately, the plan of converting the original nature center into a museum never occurred.

More information on the Cleo Redd Fisher Museum can be found at this link.

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