Who might answer the phone

Treaty Line Museum was a wonderful concept in its earliest days. The objective was to rescue the history of the Whitewater Valley and somehow confine it to a nice little park in Dunlapsville where future generations could marvel at what was done, and how, with so little.

It turns out, very little. By the end of the 1980s, Treaty Line Museum was shut down, the gates locked and ... then time took over.

Nearly three decades later, the masterpiece of history that Union County boasted has become a rotting graveyard of 200-year-old log cabins that are locked, in serious need of repair ... and not much chance of that happening.

Treaty Line Museum is padlocked most of the time, which keeps out the cars.

Presumably nobody who put the thing there is much concerned about what else it keeps out.

The museum is attached to an old farm and there are other transplanted structures on the site, which covers a few acres ... and most of them are not likely to withstand another decade of neglect. Somewhere inside the old Dunlapsville school is a mechancial museum that probably hasn't been shared with the public in nearly 20 years.

The cabins on the site are fascinating. An old general store that was challenged by the reservoir is also on site. It's in a shambles.

The William Logan cabin, which was just south of Fairfield and was moved to the site, is perhaps central to the complex. You can't get in, and the disrepair shows through the windows.

One wonders what history is worth.

If you could visit, you'd be intrigued. If you could get in, you'd learn something, if somebody happened to be there.

The museum operation was organized in the late 1960s and appeared to be somewhat functional well into the 1970s. The site is playing for time, and time is running out.

Mostly, all I've read about is an annual muscle car show on the grounds at a model airplane operation at a nearby field. Somebody does at least mow the grounds. -- John, 6-2015