Tuesday, August 15 was a monumental day at Wellington Farm, USA near Grayling. On that day work to set a 1927 Montgomery Ward catalogue home on a permanent foundation was completed. Now that the house is set in place, landscaping and restoration will begin. The end result will be the creation of the Annis Farmstead display at Wellington Farm. Total renovation will not be completed for several years but park authorities hope to have the house open to visitors sometime during the 2017 season. Work is still being done on the planning of the farmstead which will include a livestock barn, a chicken coop, a hog house, an outhouse and a windmill. Part of the landscaping will include an herb garden and a kitchen garden.
The house was purchased from the Montgomery Ward Catalogue in 1927, along with 4 other houses of the same design. All five houses arrived in Grayling by trains on the same day and were transported to the area of Military Road and Beaver Road by horses and wagons. All five houses were erected within one half mile of the corner. Four of the houses are still standing, one was destroyed by fire several years ago. The house which now stands at Wellington Farm was purchased and erected by Homer Annis on his farmstead. Forefathers of the Annis family homesteaded to the area in 1876. Descendants of that early family still own property and reside in the immediate area of the original homestead.
Now the Homer Annis farm house has been relocated a short distance to Wellington Farm where it will be restored and refurnished to the way it was in the early 1930’s. When that is completed, the house will be made available for public viewing as a part of the reenactment of history carried out at Wellington Farm on a daily basis. Completion of the Annis Farmstead project will place Wellington Farm, USA among the largest, agriculturally oriented historically interpreted parks in the nation and the only one that currently represents the Great Depression.
Wellington Farm, USA is currently open 7-days a week. Weekday hours, Monday through Thursday are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday the farm is open from 9:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. Sunday hours are 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The last tour of the day leaves the farm’s Visitor Center one hour before closing. A normal tour of the 60-acre complex takes about 2 hours however visitors are welcome to spend additional time visiting any of the 25 buildings or roaming the nature trails.
Wellington Farm Park, Inc. is a 501©3 non-profit corporation. Wellington Farm, USA is located at 6944 S. Military Road southwest of Grayling. The farm is easily accessed from either Exit 251 of I-75 or Exit 206 of US-127. Further information can be obtained by calling 989 348 5187 during business hours or visiting the website at www.wellingtonfarmpark.org. or visit us on Facebook.