Despite a strong showing of public support on social media, the Bowling Green Board of Aldermen ultimately decided that they would pass on the opportunity to restore the historic log cabin that was recently uncovered within the walls of a 106 East Church Street home.
The cabin is believed to date back to 1820 and to have at one time belonged to William Montgomery Basye, the youngest son of Bowling Green founder John Walter Basye. Research is still being conducted to confirm whether the property ever belonged to the Basye family.
On Monday evening, City of Bowling Green Mayor Don Hunter said that the project was just too costly for the city’s finances to bear.
In order for the cabin to purchased, the city would have had to spend $10,000. It is estimated, by Hunter, that the restoration and upkeep of the cabin would cost between $50,000 and $75,000.
Members of the board of aldermen said they would encourage the Convention and Visitors Bureau to purchase the cabin and move it to their park area near Dairy Queen at the intersection of Business Hwy. 61 and U.S. Hwy. 61.