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Corydon, the seat of Wayne County, was founded in 1851. Within Dotts Park, off Iowa 2, is the Miles Log Cabin (1853). The logs of this cabin were first brought to Walden Park (c. 1927) where the building was restored by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1969 the cabin was moved to Dotts Park and was rebuilt the next year. The little cabin perfectly fits one's preconceived idea of how a prairie log cabin would look; the walls are of split logs and the shingle roof is very low in pitch.

At 312 South West Street is the Tedford house (1887), a handsome dwelling built far behind what was then the latest fashion in architecture. The brick body of the house, with its roof on paired brackets, is Italianate; but its splendid, richly decorated porch and the low gable dormers on the roof are pure Eastlake. Such a combination of styles was the rage in the 1870s, but by the 1880s it was out of fashion.

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Author: 
David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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