Rebuild Sitze Log Homestead

Marquand, MO is a historic community located in Southeast Missouri along the banks of the Castor River.  In an effort to preserve the town's rich historic past and celebrate its pioneer heritage, the Henry & Jane (Bess) Sitze Log Homestead was moved to the city's downtown area and restored 29 years ago this month.   The cabin has become the face of the Marquand community and is recognized across the country as a symbol of our past and a milestone toward revitalization of the railroad town.   Around 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, an uncaring arsonist broke into the homestead and set fire to the structure, compromising not only the building, but destroying the one-of-a-kind artifacts that represented the lifestyle of these early settlers.  Many of the artifacts had been donated, while others were on permanent loan.  A senseless act, and terrible tragedy. 

Marquand Development Corporation, along with the City of Marquand is now launching a campaign to rebuild, restore and give the community back this piece of history.   Your help is needed to accomplish this goal.  The damage is extensive and will require hiring a professional restoration company with experience in restoring fire damaged historic log structures. 

In addition to restoring the homestead, it appears that pieces of the Pinckney Whitener Rope Bed (on loan from the Virginia Priday family) can be salvaged in order to duplicate the item.  The community would also like to be able to install a security system.
  • Mark and Sarah Whitener 
    • $200 
    • 36 mos
  • Benka Pulko 
    • $50 
    • 40 mos
  • Sharon Logan 
    • $25 
    • 41 mos
  • Shirley Gilmore 
    • $35 
    • 42 mos
  • Vera Hayman 
    • $40 
    • 42 mos
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Denny Ward 
Marquand, MO
Madison Tri-Development Group Inc 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.