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The Maynard Cabin, a Civil War era log cabin

4.93(74 reviews)SuperhostLong Prairie, Minnesota, United States
Entire cabin hosted by John
4 guests1 bedroom2 bedsHalf-bath
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The Maynard Log Cabin was erected by a homesteader after the civil war. We have moved and restored it and made it available for rent. It is off the grid, but it has a complete functioning kitchen, wood stove and sitting room downstairs. There are two antique beds with new mattresses upstairs. There is no electricity but the cabin is furnished with kerosene lanterns. The bathroom facilities consist of wash basins and outhouse. The cabin is surrounded by 40 acres of woods and meadows.

The space
This log cabin is nearly 150 years old having been erected by James Maynard shortly after the Civil War. We moved and restored it and it now sits in a meadow at the edge of our woods. The fully functional kitchen features an old-fashioned kerosene stove and period furnishings. A wood stove heats the cabin on chilly mornings. Multiple kerosene lanterns provide light after dark. The two upstairs beds are genuine antiques and are furnished with handmade quilts and feather pillows. Guests have access to an outdoor fire ring and barbecue. Guests should also feel free to explore the adjacent woods and property.

Guest access
Our guests have access to the cabin, and the yard around the cabin. Guests should feel free to explore the meadow and woods surrounding the cabin. Our residence is not located at the cabin but can be accessed with a short drive or a walk through the woods.

Other things to note
James Maynard was from Tennessee but he fought in the Civil War for the Union side. After the war he was no longer welcome in Tennessee and had to leave the state. He migrated to Minnesota and eventually to this area where he erected this cabin sometime time the early 1870s. The cabin was lived in by members of the Maynard family until the early 1960s, nearly a hundred years.
In 1984, Ruth’s mom, Carol, spied the cabin, fell in love with it and purchased it for a nominal sum. It was slated for demolition.
When we obtained the cabin, it was being used for storage and was in serious disrepair. We disassembled the cabin and moved it the two miles to our land. The restoration included replacing the bottom logs as well as both interior floors. The windows, doors and stairs are all new.
Ruth’s parents, Carol and Doug used the cabin summers for 37 years when they visited us from their home in Chicago.
Carol and Doug can no longer travel so we made what we think is a wise decision to convert the cabin to an Airbnb. Proceeds from Airbnb rental will allow us to continue the upkeep of this unique historical structure.
The Maynard Log Cabin was erected by a homesteader after the civil war. We have moved and restored it and made it available for rent. It is off the grid, but it has a complete functioning kitchen, wood stove and sitting room downstairs. There are two antique beds with new mattresses upstairs. There is no electricity but the cabin is furnished with kerosene lanterns. The bathroom facilities consist of wash basins… read more

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
2 double beds

Amenities

Indoor fireplace
Kitchen
Free parking on premises
Fire extinguisher
Essentials
Hangers
Building staff
Private entrance
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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Long Prairie, Minnesota, United States

The cabin is close to the Alexandria/Douglas County Lakes area as well as Lake Osakis which is well known for its fishing opportunities. The Long Prairie River is only minutes away for those who enjoy canoeing. Our Amish neighbors frequently have fresh vegetable stands and there are a couple of Amish general stores where sturdy work clothing and kitchen utensils as well as bulk foods can be purchased. Lake Charlotte in Long Prairie has a popular swimming beach
The cabin is close to the Alexandria/Douglas County Lakes area as well as Lake Osakis which is well known for its fishing opportunities. The Long Prairie River is only minutes away for those who enjoy canoeing…

Hosted by John

Joined in November 2018
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During your stay
We would like to greet all guests upon arrival in order to give a short orientation. We will be available to answer questions or deal with problems. Guests are welcome to visit with us during the daytime. We have two canoes for use on local lakes and rivers and can assist guests in transporting them to a desired location.
We would like to greet all guests upon arrival in order to give a short orientation. We will be available to answer questions or deal with problems. Guests are welcome to visit…
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House rules
Check-in: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with building staff
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
Health & safety
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No carbon monoxide alarm
No smoke alarm
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