PORTAGE | The Linden log cabin is ready for a another journey, it just needs a permanent home.
The approximate 20 by 15-foot two-room structure was originally constructed on land now a part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, said Tiffany Tolbert, director of Indiana Landmarks northwest field office in Hobart.
It was built about 1880 and is of Scandinavian design, but much of the history of the cabin is unknown.
It was moved from IDNL property to Countryside Park on U.S. 6 about six years ago. It was, at the time, the intention of the Portage Parks Department to restore the cabin as part of its complement of historic buildings. When that goal wasn't reached, the parks board determined the building was excess property in August and donated it to Indiana Landmarks.
Tolbert said her agency has been given a May deadline to remove the structure.
"They are at a point where the park needs the land. We want to see if others are interested," said Tolbert, adding they've received about 10 inquiries from various agencies and organizations.
"It would be a perfect fit for us," said John Hodson, president of the Kankakee Valley Historical Society, who could see the cabin reconstructed near the Collier Lodge historical area in south Porter County.
Hodson said, however, he would need help in the way of manpower and a truck, to dismantle and move the structure.
Tolbert said she has been talking to Hodson and others in the last couple of days and hopes to find a perfect place for the cabin within the next week or so. Tolbert said any group willing to take the cabin would have to sign an agreement with Indiana Landmarks that they would disassemble the cabin and remove it from Countyside Park and agree, at some point, to reassemble the structure.
Anyone interested in taking the cabin can contact Tolbert at TTolbert@indianalandmarks.or or (219) 947-2657. Anyone interested in helping the Kankakee Valley Historical Society in moving the cabin can contact Hodson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (219) 766-2302.