Schoenbrunn hosts log architecture program

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio – Schoenbrunn Village in New Philadelphia will offer a special program on log architecture in America Aug. 18.

The hands-on program will include assembling a small 8-by-8 foot log building and demonstrations of hand tools.

Adults and children are invited to participate in these activities. The event will take place from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

About the instructors. Sponsored by the Ohio Historical Society, this event will be presented by brothers Bruce and Brian Egli. Both are active history reenactors who have devoted years to learning the details of daily living in early America.

Having constructed and reconstructed log houses themselves, they have developed this educational program to teach others about the work and skills that go into building a log house.

They will bring with them an log house kit that visitors will help assemble and disassemble on the Schoenbrunn grounds several times throughout the day.

They will also demonstrate the various hand tools historically used to cut and shape logs for building.

Mission buildings. The original 1770s Schoenbrunn mission consisted of over 60 buildings, all built of logs.

Schoenbrunn was reconstructed by the Ohio Historical Society in the 1920s and ’30s and today includes 17 log buildings.

Admission to Schoenbrunn Village is $5 for adults and $1.25 for children 6-12.

Schoenbrunn is located in New Philadelphia on East High Avenue (State Route 259) Visitors can use Exit 81 off of Interstate 77 and follow the signs. For more information call Schoenbrunn at 330-339-3636 or 800-752-2711.

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