Zebulon “Zeb” Edmiston was the patriarch of one of Cane Hill’s most prosperous Victorian era families. Zeb and Eunice Jane Gray were married in 1852 and had four children: Nina, James, David and John. Before moving to Boonsboro (Cane Hill) in 1872 to give their children the educational advantages of the schools in the area, Zeb farmed in what is now Clark County. The Edmistons built this vernacular Greek Revival cottage in 1872.
Zeb managed several businesses in Cane Hill along with his three sons: including The Edmiston & Sons General Merchandise. Zeb was an investor in the Boonsboro/Cane Hill Canning and Evaporating Company, run by his son, John.
Houses built by two of Zeb and Eunice’s sons, David and John, still stand. The three Edmiston Houses offer excellent examples of the varied architectural styles found in Cane Hill. The Zeb Edmiston House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
Flash flooding along Jordan Creek occurs every few years (1985, 2006, and 2015 were big events). During exterior restoration of the house in 2016, the home was raised five feet in elevation in order to avoid future flooding.