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Did you know - The unusual looking log building in the Brown County Historical Society's Pioneer Village is often called the dog trot building or the community building. The Community Building was originally located in Jackson County. It was said the building was used as a stage station on the old Michigan Road. When it was purchased in 1934 for removal to Brown County it was being used as an ordinary barn. According to a history of the building, the end rooms were likely used as the owners home and also a tap room while the large room above was where travelers rested on their journeys. The cost of purchasing the building was bourne by the Community Club of Brown County. Workers from the WPA dismantled, transported, and reconstructed the building. Smaller timbers that had deteriorated were replaced by beams taken from two old Brown County cabins of the same age. The building and grounds were deeded to the county commissioners in 1960. By agreement at that time, the building would always be available for civic use without charge or restrictions. - Steve Arnold
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