Commissioners debate saving historic log house 07 Oct 11

Scott County Commissioners are debating the costs of restoring a historic home on county park property after a citizens’ park design committee and the county’s Historical Society director have recommended the building should be preserved.

The 1861 log home is believed to be one of the only Civil War-era buildings still in Scott County. It was occupied until 2002, and the following year the county purchased the farmstead south of Prior Lake to become Doyle-Kennefick Regional Park reserve.

The home has been vandalized and fallen into disrepair as the county has waited for funding to develop the park. The cost of fully restoring the house would top $226,000, but commissioners don’t believe they have the necessary funds. Advocates for the structure say the restored home could be rented to lodgers or used as park programming.