Stop #11 – Creel Cabin


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Stop #11 - Elijah Creel Cabin

Since the first Hart County Circuit Court was held here in 1819, the Elijah Creel Cabin is possibly the oldest structure in Munfordville. Built of poplar logs harvested from the forests along the Green River, it was not bothered by termites.   It has two rooms upstairs and two downstairs and a full basement. Originally the house had two chimneys, one on each end of the house.  For its day, it was considered a very nice house.  It was built on high ground overlooking the bottom lands north of the Green River. It faced an old buffalo trail, which later became a main artery between Louisville and Nashville due to the fact that the Green River could be forded easily at Munfordville.

During the September term of Hart County’s court in 1819, the first slave to be emancipated in Munfordville gained his freedom.  Hanse Harper appeared before the court with letters of emancipation for “one Negro man” referred to as “Frank.” Harper was required to post a five hundred dollar bond that Frank would not become a public ward or charity.

Oral Histories about
Elijah Creel Cabin

      2. Who Were the Creels
Told by Charlie Williams

      3. Courthouse in the Creel Cabin
Told by Charlie Williams

Charlie Williams

Charlie Williams

      4. The First Court Held in Hart County
Told by Owen Harp

Owen Harp

Owen Harp