Discovery Day

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Saturday, July 14, 2018
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

This is the first of two Discover Days to seek memories, photos & stories of Leelanau County's Poor Farm, located west of Maple City on Burdickville Road, across from Myles Kimmerly Park.   

Between 1900 and 1960, this working farm housed up to 20 residents at a time who helped to operate the farm.  In addition, the farm had a managing family living there and some hired help.  This farm was referred to as the County Farm by the community.

This is valuable local history in the process of being preserved.  We are looking for any stores, photos or items from this farm which was referred to as the County Farm.  Please join us at the Kasson Township Hall for our first Discover Day.  With you permission we would scan and document these photos, take notes and/or audio record your recollections.  This information will be organized, cataloged, stored and made publicly available at the Leelanau Historical Society Museum as a par of the Leelanau County Poor Farm Collection.  Leelanau County Historic Preservation Society is hosting this event in conjunction with Empire Are History Group and Leelanau Historical Museum.  These event are partially funded by Michigan Humanities Council and Nation Humanities Endowment.

For additional information or to share your memories if you cannot attend, please contact Barbara Siepker at 231.334.4395 or email at

Kasson Township Hall