William Boutwell's Stillwater home history to be forgotten

From his last resting place in Stillwater Township, William Boutwell can look upon his home of 40 years, a place that time forgot.

Megan Stuart and a few other preservationists, are on a mission to save the old home, but the demolition permit has been pulled, and the bull dozers are already here, waiting.

"I remember this place when I was a kid. It's been kid as long as I can remember," she said.

It has stood since in 1870. William T. Boutwell was a missionary, settling in Stillwater Township after he accompanied Henry Schoolcraft in exploring northern Minnesota, even naming the Mississippi headwaters, Lake Itasca.

He also started the second First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater, a building that still stands, though it has been converted to condos.

Because his home was never designated as historically significant, by anyone of significance, the township says there's nothing they can do to stop it's demolition.

The property sits on nearly 5 acres and it's on the market for $650,000, which makes economic sense if you're building 10 to 15 homes for developers, not if you're trying to save one dilapidated old home.

The owner of the property, John Adamic, declined an on-camera interview, but told he's made "several offers to the historical society" over the years, and that "business decisions aren't made with your heart, they're made with mind and numbers."

The big suburban homes visible through the trees, already surround this forgotten piece of history.

William Boutwell will be watching it all.

"Right across the road, I'm sure he's tunneling out of his grave," Stuart said.

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