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Historic Log Cabin Discussed at County Park Board Meeting

October 14, 2020

Members of the Marshall County Park Board met Thursday evening, October 8th for their regular monthly meeting in the second floor meeting room of the County Building.

Under the New Business portion of the Marshall County Park Board meeting, Chairman Greg Hildebrand told members he had been approached by the Marshall County Horse Association with interest of creating horse trails in the Memorial Forest.  Park Board member Deb VanDeMark said the parking area would need to be expanded to accommodate horse trailers and in the 5-year plan she would like to see a restroom facility located on the grounds.   Hildebrand said there was enough room for walking trails too but citizens could also use the horse trails for walking.

Township Trustee log cabin 8-6-20Under Old Business the County Park Board addressed the historic log cabin on State Road 17 again.  The owner is willing to give the 200 year old log cabin to the county for use on another piece of property.  The challenge is finding the right location and funds necessary to move the structure either as it currently sits or having it deconstructed and reconstructed on the new site.  An Amish company said it could cost as much as $30,000 to have the log cabin taken down and loaded for transport.

The park board is very interested in saving the structure.  They will begin the process of securing funds for the relocation of the cabin.   Dick Markley will head the committee for this project and Deb VanDeMark will work with him.