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Coal Creek Pioneer Village

Coal Creek Pioneer Village

We offer a site for tours, showing how the pioneers lived and worked, a place to host events upon requests, and more. The Pana Pioneer Heritage Guild was organized in 1981 for the purpose of rescuing a two-story log house that had been converted to a barn in the distant past. (It was replaced by a two-story white frame farm house southeast of Pana.). There were 6 people involved in the first effort.

The Coal Creek Village is located at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Pana. Coal Creek Days is held every year during the Pana Tri-County Fair on Labor Day Weekend. Check out the Coal Creek Facebook for their next event.


The first log cabin had been converted into a barn and is said to have been built in 1847 by William and Mary Jane Pryce.  The one story house with loft is 19 X 25 feet.


Pryce House

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Foster House

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Neal (Neil) House

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Ludwick House

The second cabin came from rural Findlay and was built by Joseph and Mary Foster. The one story with loft cabin is 20 by 23 feet.  This cabin was said to have been built in 1849 but land records show he purchased the land in 1851.

The third cabin came from rural Cowden and was built by Madison and Elizabeth Neal (Neil).  It is also a one story with loft and is 15 by 17.5 feet.  The lumber is sawmill cut and was built approximately 1870.

The fourth came from rural Irving in Montgomery county and was built by the Ludwick family. It is 12 x 14 feet and is still on blocks. One proposal for this building is to create a blacksmith shop. Coal Creek Village is open and available to the public year 'round.  

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