You know what they say, “One man’s trash….” For John, what his neighbor saw as an old dump deserving of being burned to the ground, he saw as a restoration project!
John spent 15 years building his own home, so he had the skills necessary to head over and take the old cabin down log by log and haul it back to his homestead. He and his wife then spent 2 years putting it all back together. The home was built in Minnesota by a Kentucky solider who fought for the Union and was no longer welcome back home after the Civil War. If you’re curious about the restoration, you can watch Faircompany’s mini documentary at the end of the post.
In keeping with the times, the home has no electricity or plumbing, but kerosene lamps, a wood stove, and a kerosene cooking stove keep the place warm and functional. There’s an outhouse and rainwater collection system to provide some water for washing dishes and outdoor showers. Unsurprisingly, there’s no wifi connection either.
You can enjoy a slice of pioneer life by renting the spot on Airbnb! It sleeps up to four in the two queen beds in the upstairs loft/bedroom area. It may be just what you need to disconnect!
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Settler’s Off-Grid Cabin Rental in Minnesota
You’ll notice the home has no insulation, but stays warm via the wood-burning stove.
Vintage elements, including kerosene lamps, are everywhere.
There’s a kerosene stove in the corner for cooking.
Windows open to let in the breeze.
Two antique beds upstairs with new mattresses.
Quilts add to the charm.
Cozy kerosene lighting.
The lovely front porch complete with rocking chairs.
Wood is supplied for cool-weather stays.
The surrounding 40 acres are gorgeous!
As are these night-sky views.
VIDEO: Joy of rebuilding a settler cabin log-by-log
- Cabin from 1870
- Mother bought it for $20 in 1984
- Transported the logs via hay wagon to homestead 1 mile away
- Rebuilt from ground up over 2 years
- No electricity or running water
- Rain barrel for washing dishes and outdoor shower
- Kerosene lamps and stove
- Wood burning stove
- In Minnesota
- Now an Airbnb rental
- 40 acres of woods and meadows surround the cabin
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