Summer Fun: Bachelor Preserve

Friday, July 7, 2017

Looking to learn some more about Oxford, Ohio's history?

Then be sure to visit Bachelor Preserve and tour the DeWitt Log Cabin on your visit! Learn about some of the first settlers in Oxford and finish off your visit with some birdwatching at the Bird Blind and a nature walk on the Oxford Recreational Trail.

Here are a few must-sees that Bachelor Preserve has to offer:

The DeWitt Log Cabin

Located north off of State Route 73 is the DeWitt Log Cabin, the oldest standing log cabin in the Oxford area. Zachariah DeWitt and his family settled in the land and completed the two-story cabin in 1805. The cabin is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is cared for by the Oxford Museum Association.

When Miami trustees were looking for a place to build Miami University and visited the site in 1810, it is said that Zachariah Dewitt recommended the land west of his home, at the crest of the hill. That site is where the university is located today.

Restoration of the cabin was dedicated to the site in 2003. Changes to the original cabin included: construction of the stairwell leading to the second floor, addition of a few windows and some interior finishing.

The cabin is open Sundays 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Plan a visit to learn more about the rich history of the DeWitt family, their cabin and the surrounding land.

Bird Blind

Just across the trail from the DeWitt Log Cabin is Miami University Natural Area’s Bird Blind. The Bird Blind is a structure created for people to see birds up-close, in their natural habitat. A long trellis lines the structure, creating shade for some perfect bird-watching views. Benches are placed throughout the structure and binoculars and cameras are encouraged.

A poster displayed in the structure matches names of birds with their picture, so you can always know what kinds of birds you’re seeing. And once you identify a bird, make sure to write it down on the community “Recent Sightings” whiteboard.

The bird blind is open from sunrise to sunset and is fenced off to keep deer away from the birdseed.

Oxford Recreational Trail

Once you’re finished at the Bird Blind, be sure to enjoy a nice walk on the Oxford Recreational Trail. The trail from the Bird Blind connects to Leonard Howell Park, as well as Oxford’s historic Black Covered Bridge. Perfect for walking or jogging, the greenery immersing the trail is sure to bring a smile to any nature lover.