The public is invited to give feedback on restoring an 1800s-era log cabin at an open house Sept. 20 at the old home in Parkville.
Platte County Parks and Recreation is hosting the event from 9 a.m. to noon at the Green Hills of Platte Wildlife Preserve, 4727 Green Hills Road, Parkville.
“We believe it’s got to be one of the oldest standing structures in Platte County,” said Brian Nowotny, director of Platte County Parks and Recreation. “The idea is to get input from the public on a future interpretive plan for the cabin.”
The cabin still stands where it was built in the mid-1800s, although rooms have been added on over the years. The most recent owner was Dorothy Day, whose family acquired the cabin in 1912. She lived there until 2011.
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“We want to restore it and we want the public’s input on how it could be protected and their stories about living in Parkville and Platte County as well,” said Nowotny.
The cabin has not been open to the public, but will be for the open house. Parks staff will give guided tours and answer questions.
“It’s such an interesting property. It’s a treasure, a historical treasure,” said Nowotny.
The long-range master plan for the property will include future recreational and educational uses of the site.
| Norma King,
Special to The Star