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The Leelanau County Historic Preservation Society, formed in 2017 as a nonprofit to save a barn, has a much larger challenge – to identify and facilitate preservation and rehabilitation of historic structures throughout our county. Learn more about the Poor Farm Barn and activities to assist owners, public and private, in understanding and planning preservation work on their properties.


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News and Activities

Check here often to see the latest News and Events.

At Last, the Cupola Installation

On May 2, 2022, after a few months of sitting finished at David Webster Construction, the weather finally improved enough for safe installation of the cupola.  The installation crew was […]

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Save the Date

Looking Back • Moving Forward

The Glen Lake Community Library Sponsors: Looking Back • Moving Forward Leelanau County Poor Farm Lives On: From the early days to the future Tuesday May 3, 2022   7:00 pm […]

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James Schettek, grandson of the barn builder, stands next to the complete cupola

Ball Grant Furthers Preservation Work on the Barn

The Leelanau County Historic Preservation Society is pleased to announce that we have received a generous grant from the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation in 2021.  The Ball […]

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Barn of the Year Award Ceremony

The Michigan Barn Preservation Network is pleased to announce that the Leelanau County Poor Farm Barn that you nominated has been selected to receive the 2021 Barn of the Year […]

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Leelanau County Poor Farm Michigan Historic Marker Dedication

The cast-metal historic marker for the Leelanau County Poor Farm at Miles Kimmerly County Park has arrived. One side focuses on the farm history and the other on the Barn.

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