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Horne, William - Root Cellar

Washington Township

Wabaunsee County

Site has cave that built under house and just off of and lower than a flat top cellar/basement also under house. The cave has a side entrance which opens to the east into the outer cellar. It measures 16’(L)x16’(W)x 8’(H).

William Horne (possibly the same that also occupied an house later in Geary County) was supposed to have been first settler on this property. It is said he first built a log cabin but the cave on the property was likely the second structure and possibly occupied. The Hornes had several children while living on this property and lost three to an unreported illness in 1870. They are buried just north of the house on the hilltop under a cedar tree.
The Hornes sold the property to the Grunewaldts who lived there for many years afterward. The Grunewaldts settled several other properties in the surrounding to the north and east of this location.