Clouser Cottage

Josiah Clouser was living in Pennsylvania with his wife and two children. When his wife's health began to fail, doctors recommended that she move to a warmer weather state to recuperate (which was a common medical suggestion at the time). Being a carpenter by trade and seeing an advertisement by Longwood founder Edward Henck that they needed a master builder, he answered the call.

In 1881 the family relocated to Longwood. Upon arriving Clouser found the house provided to him was infested with fleas. He was disgusted and refused to stay in it after the first night. Hastily, Clouser built this temporary home for his family on Church Street, using any spare lumber he could salvage. They lived in it for three years until he could construct their more permanent home, the Clouser House just behind this one on Warren Avenue.

Clouser became a prominent citizen and well-known builder throughout the area. He contributed in the construction and handiwork on many of the homes in Longwood and surrounding towns.

After the family moved into their new house on Warren Avenue, they used the cottage as an animal shed, storage space, and for rental income. 

By the 1970s it had become known as the Shaw Cottage for later owners.

By the 1980s this home had fallen into a terrible shape. To save it from demotion, Longwood Historical Society members John and Fred Bistline--the great grandchildren of Josiah Clouser--purchased it and fixed it back up in the 1990s. It was opened as a gift and country furnishings shop, known as the Apple Basket. The building was shifted slightly to the west of its original spot to make room for parking spaces to its left. Today it hosts a small retail business called the Craft Shack.

It is a simple vertical wood paneling construction, which is typical for the style for basic pioneer homes from the era.


Historic Photos

As seen in 1990 with the Longwood Historic District filing. Building was in a terrible state of disrepair.

As seen in 1997 after the Bistline brothers restored it and reopened it as a retail space

As seen in 1997 after the Bistline brothers restored it and reopened it as a retail space


219 W. Church Ave.