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Palmer Park's Old Log Cabin Allows a Glimpse Inside

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[Photography by Tony Barchock]

Nestled in the trees next to Lake Francis, Palmer Park's Log Cabin recently opened its doors for a rare glimpse inside. The cabin dates back to 1885, when senator Thomas W. Palmer gifted it to his wife, Lizzie Merrill Palmer. It served as their summer getaway until 1893, when the couple donated the cabin and surrounding acreage to the city of Detroit, effectively creating Palmer Park. The Log Cabin spent many, many years as a quirky feature of the park, housing a large collection of antiques and heirlooms. It closed in 1979 as the neighborhood fell on hard times. Since 2012, the People for Palmer Park began restoration efforts, offering the public occasional glimpses within.
· Log Cabin at Palmer Park [Historic Detroit]
· People for Palmer Park [Official]