Leelanau County Poor Farm Michigan Historic Marker Dedication

Established in 1955 the Michigan Historical Marker Program is part of the Michigan History Center in Lansing. Since its inception more than 1,700 Michigan Historical Markers have been placed across the state, and in several other states and Europe, making Michigan’s one of the premier marker programs in the nation.

Each marker reflects an important story of a place, an event or a person. It demonstrates the importance a community places on its heritage and serves as a signpost of historical significance. A marker dedication ceremony is an event of commemoration and celebration that introduces a lasting resource for tourism, education and community heritage.

The Michigan Historic Marker for the Leelanau County Poor Farm and Barn (the last remining structure), awarded in 2020, and was dedicated on July 10, 2021.  This long awaited event was a celebration of the work of our LCHPS Board and many volunteers to rehabilitate the barn and restore an important Leelanau County icon.  The ceremony, the unveiling of the marker, along with family fun, highlighted over three years of work. 

The photo gallery below gives you a glimpse of the day’s activities.  These photos are courtesy of Grace Dickinson Johnson, noted Glen Arbor photographer, and one of our many wonderful volunteers. Click on an image for a larger view.