The relocation of the historic Pop Collins Log Cabin, which sits behind a security fence at Stephens Lake Park, will begin within the next few weeks.
By the end of May, every beam, rafter and log of the Pop Collins cabin will be moved to Nifong Park.
On Tuesday the city drafted a contract with Trillium Dell Timberworks to move the cabin. Columbia Parks Services Manager Mike Griggs and Trillium Dell Timberworks still need to approve the wording in the contract before it becomes official.
The company will label the cabin piece-by-piece for deconstruction. Then it will take the pieces that need to be restored back to its headquarters in Knoxville, Ill. Other remaining materials from the cabin will be stored at the new location.
The Parks and Recreation Department budgeted $75,000 for exterior restoration and relocation, but it will cost the city only $55,253.
Because of low funding, the city will not be able to do as much renovation as it had wanted and will try to budget for a second phase of this project in the next fiscal year, said city purchasing agent Tony St. Romaine, who drafted the contract. The contract suggests that security fencing, new window and door installation, as well as landscaping, could be included in Phase 2.
The Boone County Historical Society will furnish the interior of the building. The historical society already has some farm pieces it intends to use, but it will look for additional furniture once the cabin has been moved to Nifong Park.
“Those types of cabins were furnished very sparsely,” said David Sapp, president of the historical society.
St. Romaine said the Pop Collins cabin will not be reassembled until October, allowing time for Trillium Dell Timberworks to complete restoration and for the busy time of construction season to pass.
The Pop Collins cabin, built around 1818, was originally owned by Capt. David Gordon, one of Columbia’s founders. Enoch Arthur “Pop” Collins, the cabin’s namesake, was a faculty member at Stephens College and supervised earlier restoration of the cabin.
The new cabin village at Nifong Park will include a country store, church and one-room schoolhouse.