Celebrate Historic Preservation in Leelanau County



Leelanau County Historic Preservation Society will host an event on May 27 (rain date, May 28), with guided barn tours to honor contractors, volunteers, donors, and partners. Other family-friendly activities will be available for all to enjoy

Date: Saturday May 27, 2023
Time: 11 am – 3 pm at the Barn

MAPLE CITY, MICHIGAN, April 14, 2023 __ On Saturday, May 27 (rain date, May 28) the community is invited to a free event to celebrate the rehabilitation of the Leelanau County Poor Farm Barn.  The event is being held to honor the dedicated community of contractors, volunteers, and community partners who worked tirelessly to preserve this historic structure.

LCHP encourages the community to attend this family-friendly event to participate in exploring the Leelanau County Poor Farm Barn and gardens. This is a unique opportunity to learn from those in the field of historic preservation about the four treatments—preservation, rehabilitation, restoration and reconstruction of historic structures. Attendees will learn about the unique structural details of this county icon, most notably that it was designed by renown Traverse City and California architect Jens C. Petersen. 

Guests will have an opportunity to ask questions about the ins-and-outs of historic preservation, and meet the trades people who did the work. They will also meet experts who do the important work of archiving our unique historical cultural records. Other highlights will include a demonstration of traditional farming methods as draft horses make their way around the property.  In  addition, partner organizations including museums will showcase their own historic preservation efforts. One of these partners, the Leelanau Historical Society, will bring its newly donated Model-A which will be on view and available for photo opportunities.

The all-ages event is free and open to the public.  The event will be held on Saturday, May 27 from 11am to 3pm, (rain date is Sunday, May 28)  on the grounds of the Leelanau County Poor Farm Barn, located on County Road 616 in the Myles Kimmerly Recreation Area.  Water and lemonade will be available, and participants are welcome to bring lawn chairs and a picnic lunch to enjoy the festive afternoon.  There will be picnic tables set up on the lawn overlooking the gardens.

LCHP board president, Stephen Stier states, “The Leelanau County Poor Farm Barn has stood for over 120 years as a testament to the dedication of this caring community. From the County Supervisors who planned for it, to the farm managers who ran the County Poor Farm (later called the County Farm), to the neighboring farmers who helped sustain it, its presence is a reminder to all of us of Leelanau County’s history and a symbol of our community’s resilience. Join us on May 27 to celebrate the rehabilitation of this unique structure and the perseverance of the dedicated community who worked tirelessly to preserve it. We hope to see you there!”