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The House on 
Water Street
c. 1811

Occupied by Nathaniel Pinckard in 1811

In April 1999, Gloria's dad discovered a house that was about to be torn down the very next day. The house was in VERY bad shape, but he discovered a log cabin within the house, so he had to save the house. When he had me go look at it, I loved it. It was right across from my sister's house and I had never even noticed it before. Well, we thought, this will be fun...little did we know.

We worked on the house for over a year before Terry and I could move in. While working on it, I did some research at the library (where I work) and learned that the log cabin was here in 1811 and was occupied by a Nathaniel Pinckard (many different spellings). He was a Justice of the Peace, teacher, and minister. His wife was also a lawyer and supposedly she was better than Nathaniel. After moving in and buying the house, I decided to try to find some living relatives of Nathaniel, and I did. I was thrilled! I love to think that we saved something that may mean someone else can enjoy something that is linked to an ancestor.

We hope to fill the log cabin with antiques and memorabilia from Urbana and the surrounding area. We also hope to include things that the original owners may have used. We have started to purchase items to be placed in the log cabin including old school books, old tools, and kitchen items.

These pictures help tell our story. It may be difficult to understand what made us do this, but we are now thrilled that we did! We are still working on the log cabin part, but we hope to have it done by the end of this year.

I will be adding pictures and updates as I can.

Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to visit!  If you are related to the Pinckard, Pickard, Pinkard family, check out our family tree page.  I have some information about the family.  I have more that is not posted also.
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1. The front of the house before we started.  2. The finished product.  3. The back of the house before.  4. The back of the house after.
5. This is the back of the house with the back porch and room removed.  You can see this exposed the back of the log cabin.  We left it exposed inside, but re-built the back room.  6. This is upstairs in our rec room.  As you can see the siding and some of the logs are still exposed here also.  7. This is a view inside the log cabin looking towards Water Street.  The door on the left leads into our living room. 8. This is the door from the utility room (the back room) into the log cabin.


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Click to see a larger view.  These are wolf scalp bounties signed by Justice of the Peace, Nathaniel Pinckard in 1814.