The Galloway cabin is one of the oldest structures in Greene County, Ohio—indeed, one of the oldest in the Miami Valley. The cabin was built around 1799, when James Galloway, Sr., brought his wife Rebecca and his five children (4 sons and 1 daughter, also named Rebecca) to Greene County from Kentucky.
Over the past 200+ years, the cabin has had three locations. The cabin was originally built on a site near what was later called Goes Station, an unincorporated community a few miles north of Xenia on U.S. 68 (near Snively Road, just north of Stat Route 235). The Greene County Historical Society brought the cabin to the corner of Second and Monroe Streets in Xenia in 1936. The cabin was moved again in 1965 to its present location at the Greene County Historical Society complex (north side of Church Street, between King and Detroit streets, Xenia).
In addition to the Galloway cabin, there are many other historic homes in Xenia. Photos of some of those homes, as well as many more photos of the Galloway cabin, can be seen in the gallery below. Click on the photo to enlarge the image and read a more detailed description. Feel free to share any stories or additional information with us (and with your fellow readers) using the comments feature!
The above photos can be found in the Wright State University Special Collections & Archives:
- Dayton Daily News Archive, JH Numeric Files, Box 940, “Xenia Homes- Old” (#109,328).
If you are interested in learning more about the Galloway cabin or other historic homes and families of Greene County, please come visit us any time during our open hours at the Wright State University Special Collections & Archives or browse our web site any time. We have Greene County maps and histories, as well as a microfilm copy of the Galloway Family Papers (MFM-7). Other repositories specializing in Greene County’s history include: the Greene County Historical Society, the Greene County Room at the Xenia Community Library, and the Greene County Records Center & Archives.