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Log Cabin Day & Ice Cream Social at Palmer Park

July 21 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

SOURCE: People for Palmer Park 


Fresh off a rush of national attention during the PGA event at the adjacent Detroit Golf Club, People for Palmer Park is preparing to host the community on Log Cabin Day, Sunday, July 21 from 1-5 pm, for a free community festival and rare public tour of the only authentic log cabin in Detroit.

To open the event, PFPP welcomes the National Society of Colonial Dames of the 17th Century Metamora Chapter and the National Society of Colonial Daughters of the 17th Century Michigan Chapter. These groups, made up of women who can trace their family’s lineage to the colonial period of the United States, have donated a new bronze plaque for the Log Cabin and will present it to the City of Detroit and People for Palmer Park at a special dedication ceremony inside the Cabin at 1 p.m.

People for Palmer Park 6th annual Log Cabin Day – MadHatter & Bonnet Parade, June 2017

The family-friendly afternoon continues with an old-fashioned ice cream social (free Guernsey Dairy ice cream to the first 500); live music with the Saline Philharmonic Youth Fiddlers; face painting; square and round dancing; locally-crafted beer and beverages at the Motor City Brewing Works Beer Garden; history reenactments; quilting, basket-making, and weaving demonstrations, and much more. Kids can compete in a hat-making contest, with a hat and bonnet parade/and prizes for the best and most creative headwear.

Visitors at this fun-filled event will be greeted throughout the cabin by historians and actors in costume — including Senator and Mrs. Palmer, who will welcome you into their Log Cabin home. Built in 1885 for Senator Thomas and Lizzie Merrill Palmer by the renowned architects George D. Mason and Zachariah Rice, this extraordinary cabin will make history come alive. The cabin, which looks like a rustic cabin on the outside and a simple Victorian-era home on the inside, was used by the Palmers as a place to host parties in what then was the countryside outside of pre-auto industry Detroit.

Sen. Palmer donated the land to Detroit in 1897 with the stipulation that it always remain a park for the enjoyment of all. The cabin lay dormant for many years until People For Palmer Park and the City of Detroit successfully raised funds to restore it. Log Cabin Day celebrates the rebirth of the cabin and of Palmer Park. 2019 sponsors include City of Detroit Recreation Dept., City of Detroit General Services, Motor City Brewing Works, and Guernsey Dairy.

People for Palmer Park 6th annual Log Cabin Day – MadHatter & Bonnet Parade, June 2017
Log Cabin Day and MadHatter & Bonnet Parade in Detroit’s Palmer Park. Photography: ©Barbara Barefield 2018

Located between McNichols and 7 Mile Roads and west of Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Palmer Park has been a treasured nature park and recreation site for more than 125 years.

PFPP is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to the revitalization of Palmer Park. The group makes possible free classes for yoga and t’ai chi, weekly bike rides, a walking group, tennis programs for children and adults, a community garden and gardening workshops, and more revitalization. For more information, visit peopleforpalmerpark.org.


All photographs credit to Barbara Barefield.


July 21
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Palmer Park
910 Merrill Plaissance
Detroit, Michigan 48203


People for Palmer Park

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