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The log cabin erected by Colonel Robert Patterson, ca. 1778-1780, may have been Lexington's first dwelling. Throughout its long history the cabin has been moved many times, including a 37 year stay in Dayton, Ohio. It was returned to Lexington in 1939 and presented to Transylvania University. Though taken apart and rebuilt, remodeled and restored several times, the Patterson cabin is a valuable monument because of its unique survival.
Colonel Robert Patterson participated in the founding of Lexington, Kentucky, and Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio. He also served as one of the early Trustees of Transylvania College.
Wright, John D. Transylvania, Tutor to the West. Rev. ed. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1980.