In 1838, group of pioneers laid claim to what is now Marine on St Croix for the purpose of building a sawmill. Its close proximity to the St. Croix River made it the perfect site for both waterpower and as a means to transport logs. Logs were floated down the St. Croix River to the mill and then once milled, the products were floated down to St. Louis; then the "Gateway to the West." The first lumber was cut in 1839. Leading this operation were two men; Asa Parker and Orange Walker. Asa Parker's house was built in 1856; two years before Minnesota became a state.
Unfortunately the mill went bankrupt in the 1880's and eventually went out of business. The Parker family sold their house in 1901 to Charles Strand who's family owned until the 1950's. The home served as a Bed and Breakfast from 1990-2015.
This year the home began an extensive historical renovation which led to the removal of many of the original parts of the home that were deemed unsafe. I have been able to secure some of the wooden boards from the original home and am preserving the history of the wood in these pieces.
Because of the history, I am leaving all original nails, markings, etc. in the wood.
These will be up for sale for $175 each if you are interested please feel free to contact me. I have an extremely limited quantity. Thank you for your interest in preserving Minnesotan history!