Log Cabin Fundraiser

Help Restore
the Log Cabin
Raise the Roof Party
Saturday, Sept. 8 • 4-7 pm

The Party is over (and we sold out!). But the need to restore this great cabin is more important than ever. You may still donate to help restore the cabin by clicking on the Donate button.
THANK YOU to all the top local eateries & bakeries who donated fresh cuisine to our overflowing buffet tables: COLORS Restaurant, 1917 American Bistro, Traffic Jam & Snug, Slows BBQ, Dakota Inn Rathskeller, Howes Bayou, Holiday Market, Door-to-Door Organics, Motor City Brewery, Pinwheel Bakery, Love’s Custard Pies, Peteet Cheesecake, Avalon Bakery, Kim Potts Pottstyle Catering, Garden Fresh & others.
The Made-in-Detroit Silent Auction featured cool, creative artwork, jewelry, photography, CDs, theater tickets, gift certificates, baskets of organic foods, and other much more. Links with donor names and links to come.
We had outstanding World Music & Jazz with Sin Hielo~Guitarists Sean Blackman & Pathe Jassi and special guest A. Spencer Barefield.

Michigan Log Cabin Day was a great success — some 800 people joined us at the Park to Tour Palmer Park’s Historic Log Cabin this summer. Now we need to continue the momentum to raise funds to restore the cabin!


  • Please donate what you can afford to help us restore this historically and ­architecturally significant structure so it can be reopened and the public can enjoy it as a center for education, ­history, ­nature, ­cultural enrichment and celebrations.

To read more about Log Cabin Day 2012, read below and also click here for links to photos and media coverage.
To read the Log Cabin Express newspaper, created for Log Cabin Day, click here.

After many days of cleaning the cabin  inside and out, clearing beds and planting flowers, People for Palmer Park held its first Log Cabin Day celebration on Sunday, June 24.  Free Ice Cream was donated by Guernsey Farms; guided tours of the main floor of the Cabin were held throughout the event — rarely seen since it closed over 30 years ago! Actors and volunteers in period costumes set a festive mood and visitors got really creative as well and dressed up in 1880’s attire! We had Square Dancing, live music, and activities for children of all ages! Families, brought blankets and picnics. It was a great Detroit party!

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.

Thank you to our sponsors:

City of Detroit General Services Dept.
City of Detroit Recreation Dept.
Compuware: Compuware, the technology performance company, is rooted deeply in the heart of Detroit and proudly joins the revitalization of ­historic Palmer Park.
Guernsey Farms Dairy
Log Cabin Society of MI

Detroit Repertory Theatre
Bernadine Vida, Costume Designer
T.C. Richardson Square Dance Instruction
Fiddlers Restrung
Face Painting by Sandy’s Land
Project Day Dream
(Willy Wonka theatrical presentation)
Fabulii (Amy Lebowsky)
Amy Elliott Bragg, nighttraintodetroit.com
Wayne State University Theatre Dept.
The Peacock Room

4 Responses to “Log Cabin Fundraiser”
  1. I will be joining the ride. And look forward to donating for the catered party this summer.

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