Stephenson–Campbell House

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Stephenson–Campbell House
Stephenson-Campbell House log east and south.jpg
The log house in September 2014
Stephenson–Campbell House is located in Pennsylvania
Stephenson–Campbell House
Stephenson–Campbell House is located in the US
Stephenson–Campbell House
Location At the end of Tomahawk Claim Lne. off of Reissing Rd., Cecil, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°20′31″N 80°11′43″W / 40.34194°N 80.19528°W / 40.34194; -80.19528Coordinates: 40°20′31″N 80°11′43″W / 40.34194°N 80.19528°W / 40.34194; -80.19528
Area 22.9 acres (9.3 ha)
Built 1928
NRHP reference # 02000891[1]
Added to NRHP August 22, 2002

Stephenson–Campbell House, also known as the Stephenson–Campbell Property and the Stephenson Log House, is a historic site in Cecil, Pennsylvania containing four contributing buildings. Included are a 1778 log house, a 1929 Sears and Roebuck Company mail order bungalow style house, a 1929 spring house, and a 1928 garage. The log house is 16 feet by 34 feet, with several additions totaling about 1360 square feet. The log house is one of the few pre-1780 log houses still standing in Western Pennsylvania, and the only known example of a single story private home still extant in the area.[2]

The property is also significant as one of the few examples of the Conservation Movement in Washington County, Pennsylvania. The restoration of the old log house starting in 1928, and a carefully planned garden design in 1929, are the only known example of a "back to nature" single family log house retreat established in the area in the 1920s.[2]

The property on which the log house was built was owned by David Stephenson, who held Tomahawk rights until his claim was legitimized in 1786. The property passed through several owners until a portion, including the log house, was purchased by J. Sherman Campbell in 1928. The log cabin, which had fallen into disuse by the last quarter of the 19th century was restored and is still in use by the Campbell family.[2]

The site is designated as a historic residential landmark/farmstead by the Washington County History & Landmarks Foundation,[3] and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes Terry A. Necciai (January 2, 2002). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Stephenson–Campbell Property (part 1)" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-09-12. 
  3. ^ "Stephenson–Campbell Log House". Landmark Registry - Residential Landmark/Farmstead. Washington County History & Landmarks Foundation. 2008. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 

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