The Union County Historical Society is restoring the 19th-century log house that sits next to the historical society museum, 246 W. 6th St.

The Union County Historical Society is restoring the 19th-century log house that sits next to the historical society museum, 246 W. 6th St.

Bo Johnstone, museum director, said the house belonged to the Weller family in the 1840s and was occupied by other families into the 1980s.

Historical society trustee Larry Ohnsman said the house measures 33 by 16 feet. His family purchased the house in 1970 and he and his sister donated it to the historical society.

The house has two and a half rooms, Johnstone said -- a front downstairs room, a back room that held the kitchen and a loft upstairs where the Weller's children slept. Johnstone estimated the family had eight children.

The house used to sit near the Nestlé building on Collins Avenue, Johnstone said. Nestlé wanted to buy the property for an expansion. The historical society considered the house a significant piece of Union County history and didn't want to see it torn down and destroyed.

"We decided we had some space and we wanted to save the history," historical society trustee Miriam Hines said. The house was moved in September 2006.

She said she hopes it will bring more people to the museum.

Johnstone said when the renovation is finished, he would like to see the house contain items that would make it resemble a pioneer home. He said the current hope is to have renovation complete by the end of the summer.

"We hope to have 'pioneer days' with people in costume," he said. "Maybe we'll make a small fire pit and make apple butter or melt wax candles so that when kids come by, they'll be able to see some of the things pioneers had to do for their daily lives."

Ohnsman estimated the moving and restoration costs at $30,000 to 40,000.