Hillforest Cabin To Benefit From Federal Grant

Posted On June 14, 2012

(Aurora, Ind.) – Hillforest Historical Foundation in Aurora is getting a grant to help restore a cabin from the 1820s.


The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology announced Wednesday the $25,000 grant for the Hillforest Historical Foundation.


The grant is part of a total $379,839 in federal funds allotted by the DNR for 12 projects across the state. Local and private funds were required to match the grants for a total projected investment of $706,851.


Hillforest’s share will be used to rehabilitate and stabilize the Harris Cabin at the museum.


According to the DNR, the cabin is believed to be among the oldest pioneer cabins in Indiana, built circa 1821-1822. Unfortunately, the foundation of the cabin is severely deteriorated. The project will include lifting and shoring the log structure, and installing poured-in-place concrete piers, and reconstructing the adjacent wall assemblies.


Since 1974, the state has awarded more than $17 million to Indiana communities through the program.