Caspar Ott Log House, 1837 - Deerfield IL  

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Caspar Ott Log House, 1837 - Deerfield IL
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This is a possible entry for the history contest. Illinois, where I live, became a state in 1818. My country is relatively young and we don't preserve as we should but there is an interesting story behind this house. Many of what are now Chicago suburbs began their history simultaneous to the official founding of Chicago in 1833. What is known as "Deerfield" was originally settled in 1835. The name Deerfield was given to it around 1849 when townships were being formed in Lake County IL, the county due north of Chicago. Deerfield was named for Deerfield, Massachusetts, and also because of the deer abounding in the area. The Village of Deerfield was incorporated in 1903. It was a community long before it became a suburb of Chicago. The one-room log home where journeyman tailor Caspar Ott and his wife, Maria Elizabetha, raised their seven children is the oldest standing building in Lake County IL. In 1970, just one week before it was to be demolished the house was discovered under the plaster of the dining room in an old farmhouse. The building was carefully revealed and moved to the Historic Village by the Historical Society of Deerfield. In 2001, the cabin was restored to its original appearance by the Historical Society with funds from members, local organizations and the community. Now the house stands as it looked 177 years ago.


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08/09/14 4:08 PM GMT
Looks solid enough to last out all kinds of weather Kathy. Nice capture and a good entry for the contest.
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08/09/14 4:52 PM GMT
Lots of history behind this one my friend and very interesting to read about. I think it is perfect for the contest. I can't imagine raising 7 kids in that small space, goes to show you how spoiled we are.I'm so glad they discovered this, and saved it.
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08/09/14 5:36 PM GMT
They say that history adds to the value of certain things and this photo surly is proof of that. I'm really having a hard time taking my eyes off this one, love it.
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08/09/14 5:48 PM GMT
Great shot Kathy well done.
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08/09/14 5:54 PM GMT
Beautiful shot of the old log house.
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08/09/14 5:57 PM GMT
This would be a Outstanding entry to the current contest. Excellent composition & detail with such rich and beautiful colours. Love the wonderful information you've given us. Good Luck it looks like a real winner to me.
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08/09/14 8:07 PM GMT
A one room log house for raising seven children. Unbelievable Kathy.
From historical point it's an eye-opener to me. It's good that this heritage is well preserved now so that the story can be told again for the next generation.

A good entry for the contest. Good Luck!

Regards, Cornelius.
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08/09/14 8:19 PM GMT
Very nice, Kathy. Love old buildings.
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08/10/14 12:35 AM GMT
What a story! Really amazing and what a lovely shot of the cabin!! Thanks for the info and pic Kathy!!!
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08/10/14 3:51 AM GMT
They don't build them like that anymore- fine image!
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08/10/14 6:49 AM GMT
Superb structure and beautiful conservation for this beautiful wooden house! Great capture, Kathy and thank you for the explanation.
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08/11/14 6:38 AM GMT
Wonderful composition and details. The flowers and greenery really add to this old building. Interesting history. Wonder where the descendants are today.
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08/12/14 1:29 AM GMT
Kathy - A beautiful capture of this historical building. Thad
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08/15/14 2:00 PM GMT
An ideal place for us, two modest agents, SAM & SAAB. Providing only that the proper bathroom is there with toilet and shower...:)
Boris says: "No" to shower ...:)
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08/18/14 7:38 PM GMT
Wonderful story, Thank you for sharing it with us. I love the old cabins. My Gr Gr Gr Gr Gr Grandfathers cabin (Job Denning) was preserved in southern Ohio by the Historical Society also. Wish you the best in the contest!
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08/22/14 7:01 AM GMT
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