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Work continues to preserve Loghurst

July 10, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Members of the Canfield Heritage Foundation are working hard to preserve one of the township's preserved historical sites, the Loghurst Farm on U.S. 224. The property recently hosted the Canfield High School all-class reunion, which is likely going to be an annual event at the site.

''The people who put on the Till Open Golf Outing want the class reunion to become a permanent part of Canfield's Fourth of July celebration,'' said foundation member Carolyn Stoneburner.

She added the Till Open committee also wants to grow their event at Diamondback Golf Course to bring in more funds that will allow donations to help preserve the farm museum and property.

Article Photos

Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Bruce Neff holds a shingle removal tool from the 1800s that was found during a dig on the Loghurst farm property. Standing next to him is Jack Dixey with a vintage saw.

Presently, the property is owned by the Western Reserve Historical Society. The society once operated Loghurst, but budget constraints caused them to scale back and close it. That is when several Canfield families joined together to create the Canfield Heritage Foundation 10 years ago. The goal was to make sure Loghurst remained a historic site.

''We are still working on the WRHS to gift the property to the CHF,'' said foundation president Lee Sandstrom. ''They won''t do that until they are certain we have a good endowment in place to keep it going. That includes having a bigger membership as well as business involvement.''

The property does continue to see more items and historic displays coming in. One new addition is the blacksmith shop behind the house. Foundation member Jack Dixey said it will be housing a real blacksmith.

''Bob Kurz of Canfield has moved his shop to the barn at Loghurst,'' he said. ''He will actually be doing blacksmithing out of it and also will be putting on displays.''

Upcoming plans include a quilt show and a pumpkin carving event in October, and some of the members would like to put in an orchard to better showcase the farming that took place there.

Sandstrom said the biggest problem is meeting the utility bills. He said even if there is no activity at the farmhouse and museum, there are still electric and phone bills that have to be paid.

The farm dates back to 1805 when the Neff family moved to Canfield from Pennsylvania. Some of the original logs from the first structure can be seen in the farmhouse kitchen. During the Civil War, and prior to it, Loghurst served as part of the Underground Railroad.

For information on Loghurst, or to schedule a group tour, call the museum at 330-533-4330.



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