Welcome to The Depreciation Lands Museum


Nestled within the heart of our museum stands the historic log house, a testament to the enduring legacy of the Armstrong family in our region’s history. The story begins with James Armstrong, the pioneering patriarch who laid the foundation for generations to come.

In 1803, Thomas Armstrong, perhaps inspired by his father’s pioneering spirit, purchased a parcel of land and erected the log house that still graces our grounds today. A date stone discovered near the house’s original foundation suggests its initial construction, with subsequent renovations or expansions completed in 1839, further adding to its rich tapestry of history.

The log house’s journey through time mirrors the evolution of our community, from its humble beginnings near what we now know as McNeal and Middle Roads to its enduring presence within our museum grounds.


Donated to the museum by the Armstrong family in 1973, this historic dwelling was meticulously rebuilt in its original orientation, with the door facing east to welcome the morning sun and the window positioned westward to bid farewell to the evening light.

Stepping inside, visitors are greeted by original hearth bricks, stair risers, and door frames, echoing the craftsmanship of yesteryears. Although time may have weathered its exterior, the log house remains a steadfast symbol of resilience, offering a glimpse into the past and preserving the proud heritage of our community.