The Hansel Preserve is comprised of the home and surrounding land of the late Evalan Hansel, a librarian at the Fairfield County District Library who began the library’s Bookmobile Program. By traveling Fairfield County’s dirt and gravel roads, Ms. Hansel made reading materials available to residents who did not have easy access to the county’s libraries. In 1994, Ms. Hansel donated her 26-acre property to the Historical Parks. The preserve features two key historical structures: an early log cabin which was the first doctor’s office in Pleasant Township and an 84-foot deep, hand-dug well that still sits on its original location along Zane’s Trace, one of Ohio’s first roads.
In addition to maintaining these important historical structures, future development to the preserve will include the installation of self-guided nature trails and areas for picnicking, birding and photography as well as educational programming about Zane’s Trace and the settlement of Fairfield County.
- Hand-dug, stone-lined well along Zane’s Trace
- Log cabin that was Pleasant Township’s first doctor’s office.
Because the Hansel Preserve is under development, visitors are advised to contact the Historical Parks office at (740) 681-7249 to learn more about the preserve.