McDonald House

by Briana Sutherland Contributing writer An historical home in Otsego was flattened to the ground earlier this week, but not before a group of archaeologists and volunteers spent the weekend dissecting the house and yard uncovering the life of the occupants. William McDonald was the first European settler in Wright County and built his house [...]

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The city of Otsego’s Heritage Preservation Commission is planning an archaeological dig and architecture study of the historic McDonald House for Oct. 14–16.   The McDonald House was initially constructed in the 1850s by the first northern European settler in Wright County, Mr. John McDonald.  The Heritage Preservation Commission is working with Dr. Richard Rothaus [...]

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Though the McDonald House in Otsego was named a Heritage Preservation site in 2004, it will be torn down on its present location along County Road 39. The Otsego City Council brought the hammer down on the historic house’s future, voting at the June 27 city council meeting to tear the structure down. Hazardous lead [...]

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The Otsego Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) has decided to forego any further attempts to save the McDonald House. It had long been considered of historical importance to the city’s founding and early settlement during the 1800s. However, the cost to preserve the structure is cost prohibitive and city council members have repeatedly rebuffed attempts by [...]

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