Hand-hewn Huntington history

Photo by Joni Knott.

Huntington County Historical Museum Director Teresa Daniels shows off the museum's newest permanent display on Wednesday, Oct. 29. The large hand-hewn timber was a part of the Wabash and Erie Canal at Burke's Lock, which was located at the corner of Warren Street and West Park Drive in Huntington. Daniels says the timber has likely been underground since around 1835, years before Huntington itself was established. The timber was unearthed during a construction project and donated anonymously to the museum, which received confirmation from several canal experts that it was indeed part of the lock.