This museum display depicts living conditions for the first settlers of La Porte County. Furniture and household items actually brought to La Porte County by the pioneers of the 1830's are on view. The mahogany Empire style dresser belonged to Miriam Benedict, who is recognized as the first European resident in the county. Having initially settled in Illinois with her family, Miriam came to La Porte County in 1829 after her husband died. Her picture is over the bed in the display. A fireplace reminds us of the essential nature of fire. The fireplace heated the cabin, cooked the food, and provided light. A variety of iron cooking utensils are here for your inspection. A butter churn, spinning wheel, candle, mold, and other tools used to produce the things needed for daily existence are on display.