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Conrad Brumbaugh Homestead Decline

posted Apr 24, 2010, 7:45 AM by James Wise   [ updated Aug 29, 2010, 11:12 PM by Travis Wise ]

The settlement of Brumbaugh's estate was purely a family affair. First, the personal belongings were distributed among the eight heirs either by mutual agreement or by lot. then, the household goods not already distributed and the land of considerable acreage, was sold at a family auction. For a number of years the big house on the homestead was occupied by tenant farmers. It was allowed to deteriorate until was considered beyond repair. The final scene described must have been dramatic. The fire departments from nearby towns were invited to be on hand. 
Brumbaugh Public Sale
During the burning of the building observers were able to see the hand-hewn logs that comprised the outside walls of the original dwellings. They appeared to be 12" by 6" thick, chinked with "chic and daub", a composition of lime and clay with horse hair to knit it. This was a German method of construction. The bricks were a light, yellowish red, almost orange. They were soft, hence had been covered, with plaster for protection. There were countless square-headed nails found in the ashes.

Acquisition of the Brumbaugh homestead and other properties, which totaled 720 acres, was begun by Harry Bartlett Stewart Sr. early in 1900. 

Brumbaugh House being Burned

The pictures below are the remains as of 2009. The left top is part of the foundation of the house and the remaining pictures are of the barn foundation. The house and barn were located North of the family cemetery off the East side of the Quail Hollow entrance drive.

Foundation Conrad Brumbaugh House Conrad Brumbaugh Barn Foundation

Conrad Brumbaugh Barn Foundation Conrad Brumbaugh Barn Foundation


A History of Hartville Ohio by James W. McPherson III

The Stark County Bicentennial Story Volume I (Early Hartville, page 68)

"Et Wundert Mich" (It Wonders Me) by A. J. Brumbaugh

Ohio Lands a Short history by the Office of the Auditor of the State of Ohio

Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio

Bureau of Land Management, Office of Public Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington D.C.

Conrad Brumbaugh and His Lineage by Lewis H. Brumbaugh

My memories of the Land and its People before Quail Hollow by J. Donald Brumbaugh, 1983

Atlas of the State of Ohio 1868 by H.F. Walling

Quail Hollow ... Frontier to State Park by Steven C. Espenschied