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Federal Land Office

The First Federal Land Office west of the Alleghenies is adjacent to Historic Fort Steuben. Originally constructed in 1801, this log structure was the home and office of the Registrar, David Hoge, and his family and served for 40 years as the site for registering land grants and deeds. 

Today, the visitor finds period decor and furniture, including herbs, books and corner cupboards, a 19th century home office. The collection includes a horsehair trunk that once belonged to former president William Henry Harrison. The Land Office showcase contains copies of land records and deeds, wool and linen napkins woven of flax grown in Jefferson County. Also on display are apothecary scales, pipes, tintypes and other typical items that reflect life in the early 19th century. 

On the Land Office grounds is the original Court House Bell, first cast in 1873. Open from May through October.

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