Musgrove Evans House

The Musgrove Evans House is a private residence in Tecumseh, Michigan, USA. It was designated as a Michigan Historic Site on October 29, 1971, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 16, 1972.[1][2] It is recognized as the oldest residential structure in Lenawee County and one of the oldest in the state of Michigan.[2]

Musgrove Evans House
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Musgrove Evans House is located in Michigan
Musgrove Evans House
Location within the state of Michigan
Musgrove Evans House is located in the United States
Musgrove Evans House
Musgrove Evans House (the United States)
Location409–411 E. Logan Street
Tecumseh, Lenawee County, Michigan
Coordinates42°00′20″N 83°56′23″W / 42.00556°N 83.93972°W / 42.00556; -83.93972Coordinates: 42°00′20″N 83°56′23″W / 42.00556°N 83.93972°W / 42.00556; -83.93972
Architectural styleFederal
NRHP reference No.72000634[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMarch 16, 1972
Designated MSHSOctober 29, 1971[2]


Surveyor Musgrove Evans (1785-1855) originally platted Tecumseh in 1824 and built a crude log cabin. In 1826, Evans built this modest house at what is now the corner of Ottawa Street and Chicago Boulevard for his personal dwelling and for use as an inn for travelers. Musgrove's wife Abigail "Abi" Brown Evans, for whom a local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was later named, died in the early 1830s. In 1834, Evans moved with his children to colonial Texas, where his eldest son, Samuel Brown Evans (1812–1836), died in the Battle of the Alamo. The house was sold to Stillman Blanchard. In 1858, Blanchard went bankrupt, and the house was sold to prominent businessman Peter R. Adams.[3]

In 1886, Adams' daughter sold the house, and it was moved from its original location on Chicago Boulevard to the current site. The interior was then converted into apartments, while the exterior remained unchanged. Today the house serves again as a single-family dwelling.[3]


The house is a rectangular, two-story, five bay, Federal style structure with a single story rear addition. Large, axe-hewn beams were used for construction, and are joined at the corners by mortise and tenon joints and locked with wooden pegs. The facade has turned-back cornice moldings, a semi- circular windows at the gable end, and a center entrance with a fan-light window above the door. The windows are regularly spaced in the facade and contain small panes.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. May 31, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c State of Michigan (2009). "Musgrove Evans House". Archived from the original on December 25, 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Constance Henslee (October 19, 1971), NATIONAL REGISTER OP: HISTORIC PLACES INVENTORY - NOMINATION FORM: Musgrove Evans House