Linnaeus Arboretum’s Borgeson Cabin

Posted on October 21st, 2011 by

Twinflower Fall 2011

At one time, 11 people lived together in this cabin! Here, the original chinking ("consisting of mud, straw, marsh grass, corn cobs, sticks, and pages from Swedish language newspapers") is replaced by mortar.

The latest edition of Twinflower, the newsletter of Linnaeus Arboretum, features a front-page article by Geography Professor Bob Douglas on the Borgeson family log cabin in the Arboretum. The cabin, originally located near Norseland, Minnesota, is a beautiful example of a traditional Swedish log house translated onto the Minnesota prairie by early Swedish immigrants. Bob was responsible for finding and restoring the cabin in 1986.