11450 Lebanon Pike Cincinnati, OH 45241
(513) 563-9484

Kemper Log HouseOpen: May through October, Wednesday through Saturday- 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday- 1p.m. to 5 p.m. April and November- weekends (Saturday & Sunday). December- Special hours.
Closed: Monday and Tuesday.
Directions: From I-70. go west on 275 to Exit 46, south on 42 approximately 1 mile to Sharon Woods Park. From I-75, go east on 275, Exit 46, south on 42. Motor vehicle permit may be required to enter the park.

The Kemper Log House is a two-story, double pen log house, built in 1804 by the Reverend James Kemper in Walnut Hills and occupied by members of his family until 1897. It is one of the oldest houses built in Cincinnati that is still standing. The house was moved in 1912 to the Cincinnati Zoo.

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Ohio assumed responsibility for it in 1951. The Ohio Society oversaw a second move in 1981, as the house was disassembled and relocated at Heritage Village in Sharon Woods. Its operation is coordinated with Historic Southwest Ohio, which maintains the village.

The log house is significant, not only because it represents one of the earliest architectural styles for this region, but also because of James Kemper's prominence as an early educator and clergyman.

The adjacent Stone kitchen provides educational opportunities with open hearth cooking demonstrations which delight visitors of all ages. A fenced period garden just off the kitchen will provide fruits and vegetables for the kitchen.

The Kemper House Museum received NSCDA Museum Properties accreditation in 2002.




Photo Credit: Erik Kvalsvik