Sunday, June 18, 2000
House, park are rebuilt jewels
Green Township shows off German-American roots
By Lew Moores
The Cincinnati Enquirer
GREEN TOWNSHIP The historic log house that will serve as a museum showcasing German-American culture could finally open to the public within 60 days at a completely revamped West Fork Park.
With most of the major work completed, the German Heritage Museum, as the log house will be known, still needs some electrical work done and trim work complet ed before it can open.
We're down to the point where we're doing the final touch-ups, said Elmer Grossheim, Heritage Museum committee chairman for the German-American Citizens League, which raised the money to reconstruct the log house. We don't have a real firm date yet, but I'm suspecting within the next 30 to 60 days.
The log house, which dates to the mid-1800s and is considered an example of early German-American farm architecture, has been a project of the League for more than two years.
The log house was the home of Gertrude Feist, who lived in it in Delhi Township until her death in 1989. When the land was sold to a developer, her family had the log house disassembled and stored until they could find a sponsor willing to undertake the project of reconstructing it at a suitable location.
The league stepped in and Green Township offered to have it reconstructed at its West Fork Park.
The park itself has undergone elaborate changes just in the past year. A large playground was built last year, a lodge was razed, landscaping was done, a paved parking lot was added and the drive leading into the park was realigned for better access into and out of the park.
A formal dedication for the entire park, geared especially for the museum and playground, has been tentatively scheduled for Sept. 23. The museum should open before that, Mr. Grossheim said.
It took one of our most underutilized parks and really put it on the map, both locally and regionally, said Adam Goetzman, township development director.
The museum is kind of unique to the area, and hopefully it becomes a focal point beyond the Green Township community to all of western Hamilton County, Mr. Goetzman said. That and the playground fills a void in that north-central portion of the township.
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