Built in the 1870s, the Essen Log Cabin had stood atop a hillside along Eatherton Road (Highway 109) for more than 140 years. The family approached the City and its Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) to discuss its donation for public use. After review and discussion, the HPC recommended, and the City Council approved, the acceptance of the donation. The City's plans were to reconstruct the cabin, on public property, and make it available for the community's viewing/use.
THE THEFT & RECOVERY
Prior to the City having the cabin properly tagged for its relocation and reconstruction, it was stolen. Sometime between November 24 and 29, 2015, the cabin was destroyed and the logs stolen with the intent of selling them to the highest bidder. The approximately fifty (50) logs were recovered by police and are now in storage. The roof, foundation, and windows were discarded on the property and damaged beyond repair during the theft.
In Spring of 2019, City of Wildwood hired a local architecture firm, at the direction of the Historic Preservation Commission, to conduct historical research, assist in the temporary log crib reconstruction, and prepare a set of Preliminary Reconstruction Drawings. This fall the Commission will be deciding the final location of the cabin, and improvements needed, so funding can be determined and reconstruction can get underway.
With the increased costs in the reconstruction of the cabin, due to it not being properly tagged prior to removal, the Historic Preservation Commission is seeking donations to offset some of the expenses to the City for this project. no amount is too small and all donations will go directly to this exciting project! If you would like to donate to the project, please contact Robyn Keefe at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 636-458-0440.