Palmer Park

This is really cool! I used to go to this place when I was very young.

 June 22, 2012

Palmer’s Log Cabin welcomes visitors

  • By The Detroit News
    • Thomas W. Palmer has come to be considered one of the most significant figures in Detroit history, and he considered his celebrated log cabin to be “more beautiful than any castle in Spain.”
    • More than 125 years ago, he and his wife Lizzie hired the firm of George Mason and Zachariah Rice, designers of Detroit’s Masonic Temple, to design and build a log cabin at his farm. At the time, it was a knoll near Woodward Avenue overlooking a small pond fed by one of the many natural springs in the area. The cabin, its rustic log bridge, a lighthouse, and a larger pond named Lake Frances after Palmer’s wife’s mother, were completed in 1885, the year that Mason and Rice hired Albert Kahn as a new apprentice. The lake, log cabin and lighthouse still stand today, but the cabin has been closed for some 30 years, is rapidly deteriorating and must be restored.
    • The log cabin was constructed with logs from the farm and was filled with antiques and collectibles, mostly from the Palmer family farm in Connecticut. Senator Palmer enjoyed taking dignitaries and politicians to the farm by horse cart from downtown Detroit for picnics and fireworks displays. All his events were open to the public.

The Palmer Park cabin, Detroit (Ricardo Thomas / The Detroit News)

After more than a decade, the public is invited to tour Palmer’s Log Cabin, located in Palmer Park and built in 1885 as a summer home for Sen. Thomas Palmer and his wife, Lizzie Merrill Palmer.

The Sunday event is part of Michigan’s 26th Log Cabin Day and will include live music, square dancing, children’s activities and an old-fashioned ice-cream social at 2 p.m. The ice cream has been donated by Guernsey Farms Dairy in Northville.

Guided tours are set for 1-4 p.m. Donations will be accepted for People for Palmer Park, a nonprofit organization.

The cabin is in a corner of Palmer Park, off Merrill Plaissance near Woodward and McNichols in Detroit.

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