Scott County board debates fate of historic homestead 26 Oct 11

Long-term renovation plan for historic homestead at Doyle-Kennefick Regional Park (Photo credit: Prior Lake American)

One of the only remaining Civil War-era homes in Scott County is under scrutiny this week before the county board.

The original homestead at Doyle-Kennefick Regional Park Reserve housed the same family since it was built from local logs in 1861. Parks staff is requesting $30,000 to stabilize the home, but commissioners have raised questions about whether the house is worth the final cost of restoration.

Vandals have repeatedly damaged the property, which was acquired by the county in 2004. A citizen design committee has recommended restoring the house for rental as an authentic log cabin. Renovating the structure could cost up to $226,000.