‘Lit­tle House on the Prairie’ cabin in Kansas to be re­built

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

WI­CHITA, Kan. — The de­te­ri­o­rat­ing log cabin at the “Lit­tle House on the Prairie’’ site in Kansas is ex­pected to soon get a makeover. The cur­rent cabin was re-cre­ated and built near In­de­pen­dence in 1977, dur­ing the peak of pop­u­lar­ity for a tele­vi­sion se­ries based on Laura In­galls Wilder’s books cen­tred on her child­hood.

Wilder spent a year with her fam­ily at the Kansas site in 1869, the Wi­chita Ea­gle re­ported.

Sib­lings Bill Kur­tis and Jean Schodorf, who own the cabin, said four decades of weather in Kansas has worn down the house. They want to re­build it and add a barn.

“We will be us­ing any of the ma­te­ri­als that are sal­vage­able for the new cabin,’’ Schodorf said last week. “But re­ally, that may be just the win­dows, floor and maybe the fire­place chim­ney.’’

She said that more than 20,000 peo­ple visit the site each year. But with the cur­rent cabin droop­ing and logs weak­en­ing, its in­te­rior is barred from the public for safety rea­sons.

The cabin is sched­uled for con­struc­tion in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber.

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