One of High River's treasured homes is being repaired after damages from the 2013 flood left it in a sad state.

Ruth Maccoy's cabin, built in 1883 by Alex Bell, is coming back to life at Sheppard Family Park in High River.

The historical building was badly damaged when over six feet of water raged through it in the 2013 flood, but it is being put back together.

President Mary Ann Dearing says for the first time ever the logs of the building aren't sitting in the dirt.

"There was deterioration of the logs," said Dearing, which became worse after the flood."

As well all the chinking between the logs had to be redone as well.

While lots of work has been done on the outside - including refitting the windows, repairing the coal building, the storage cellar and the garage - there is lots of work left to be done.

"There is still work to be done in the inside. It has been whitewashed, that will have to be kept up. A veranda that was on there is back to what it was before 1975."

In the seventies a washroom was built on the varanda, which has now been removed.

People are also hard at work restoring the items that were in the house when it was saved at the time of the flood.

Work is also underway on the flower garden with a few plants being returned and the pathway stones being put back in place, but the rest of the plants have to wait until Fall now.

This is the last project to be restored at the park which Dearing adds is looking great this spring.

"The rest of the park is in really good shape. The school house has programs started in it last week. The MacDougall House has been redone on the lower level."

The Sheppard Family society has done all the work on those buildings while the Town is in charge of the Maccoy home.

The Munroe Barn is taking bookings for special events, the Little Bow School House is hosting school groups again and The Threshing Bee will be back again this fall.

 

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