Wellington Farm Park - Grayling, Michigan
Where It Is Always 1932 - www.wellingtonfarmpark.org
Wellington Farm USA – Step back in time to 1932 rural Michigan living with a visit to the Wellington Farm. Wellington Farm was an actual community in northern Michigan. Farming was the main activity between the 1880's and the early 1900's. In 1918 the post office was closed and those services were provided by the post office in Grayling. When that happened, the people began to move away and very little remains today other than a few farm buildings. A few years ago one man and his family began creating a living history farm now called Wellington Farm USA. He collected farm equipment, authentic buildings and stories and histories from around the region. He built Wellington Farm into the living museum it is today near the site of one of the old post offices.
Wellington Farm USA Park is described as a 60-acre open-air interpretive museum that gives visitors a chance to experience life as it was in rural America during the Great Depression. The park contains a Blacksmith Shop, Grist Mill, Sawmill, Carpenter's Shop, Machine Shed, Farmer's Market, Summer Kitchen and Barnyard. All of the shops are functional and have restored and authentic equipment inside. During the season, based on availability, craftsmen are in these shops doing the work in the same way and with the same tools as in the 1930's.
Everything in the farm/park is arranged so the visitor can experience living history first hand. There are jams, jellies, sauces and cookbooks. The old Farm Market Building is being renovated to become a Museum of Agriculture and will feature a schedule of changing exhibits.