Henry Cooper Log Cabin Museum
Possibly constructed in 1805, it is supposedly the first two-story cabin built in Wood County by pioneer Henry Cooper, who sojourned from Eastern Virginia in 1800. The cabin was removed from its original location in Slate, which is only nine miles away from its current location inside the Parkersburg City Park. It is now a museum that displays artifacts from artifacts from the United States' Pioneer Era. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 and The Centennial Chapter of the Daughters of the American Pioneers owns and oversees the Cabin and Museum
Backstory and Context
In 1910, the Parkersburg City Council dismantled the cabin and brought to its current location in the City Park to celebrate Parkersburg's Centennial year2. The City bought it from one of Cooper's descendants, F.L. Barnett and a brother-in law, M.L, Lemasters, with the intention of preserving and making any restorations to the cabinet, for $400. Rebult in September 1910, the City Council convey the structure to Parkersburg's Centennial Chapter of the Daughters of the American Pioneers1.
The DAP transformed the cabin into a museum of various artifacts--clothes, photographs, and furniture2. These artifacts derive from the pioneer era, the 1700s-1900s2. The museum collections boasts that it possesses one of the largest button collections in the country, in addition to tree bark from a tree planted by none other than Johnny Appleseed2.