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When the Hendricks Cabin was built in the 1830s, Johnson County still was a tract of wilderness that barely had been settled.

The family who lived in the cabin slept in a single bed, sat on rough wooden benches and huddled around the fireplace for warmth.

That pioneering lifestyle has been recreated at the Johnson County Museum of History, where the Hendricks Cabin has been restored for visitors to tour.

Throughout the summer, historical re-enactor Katie Ann Potter has been depicting what life would have been life for the county’s earliest settlers.

Guests can eat simple early Hoosier food, sit at the plain wooden table and experience a slice of life that hasn’t existed in Indiana for nearly 200 years.

Potter’s next reenactment will be noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 24 at the museum, located at 135 N. Main St., Franklin. The cabin is located in the north end of the museum parking lot.

Admission to the tours, and the museum, is free.

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