We had a “free” Saturday this weekend and decided to hit the back roads of Minnesota. We traveled about an hour or so south to Faribault and explored the town, in particular the antique and consignment shops as we were on a very specific mission for old picture frames. We had some success early on, but decided to keep looking as we wandered our way home. Alongside State Highway 57 in Wanamingo we found the Lars Larson log home., nestled under the town’s water tower. This area of the state was first settled by the Norwegians and this small one-and-a-half story log cabin was built by Lars and his son Edward in the 1850’s. It was completely restored in 1974, and as we drove past it truly looked like someone was living there. The town of Wanamingo has the most lovely red geraniums in the window boxes on either side of the front door, and the gardens along the front were full of black-eyed susans and lilies. With the blue and white gingham curtains, the white trim of the windows, and the red of the geraniums I couldn’t help but think that the Larsons would be most proud of their little log house that was built so many years ago.
I was so happy to enjoy your photo and hear that flowers have been planted – when my mother visited it in the 1980’s it looked so unkempt on the outside – my mother’s aunt, Brita, was married to Edward and lived in the log cabin from about 1864 to 1910 when she died – thank you
Thanks for your reply, Lu Ann. I wasn’t inside the cabin on this visit, but it looked very lovely, as if someone or some group is taking good care of it now.
I guess it wouldn’t be my mother’s aunt – Brita’s sister Inger, was my mother’s grandma