Olsen Farm History Center
- Located on the M-22 Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route and the Bayview Trail – Glen Arbor
Tour & Exhibit
We invite you to step inside the Charles and Hattie Olsen Farmhouse, home to Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear, for an introductory, educational journey into the historic life and resources in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Showcasing its original pantry, hardwood floors and ornate woodwork, this rehabilitated pioneer homestead exemplifies the work and mission of Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear.
Through videos, displays and maps, become acquainted with the Olsen family who lived on the farm. Learn about the Port Oneida community. Listen to recorded interviews with Port Oneida descendants. Browse resource materials for historic information. Enjoy the grounds, or begin your hiking tour through the Port Oneida Rural Historic District using our field guide and map. Make it an educational outing for your club, school or senior citizen group.
Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear is currently seeking matching funds for the development of a more extensive and permanent interpretive exhibit that will inspire an in-depth understanding of cultural landscapes, and an appreciation of Native American and pioneer settlers including the cultural traditions of the late 1800′s – early 1900′s.
In addition to interpreting past history, Preserve invites its visitors to become part of history itself – connecting the past to the future – through helping with preservation projects of remaining structures.
Summer Hours: DIRECTIONS TO THE FARM
June 29 – August 25 Friday – Saturday 1 pm – 3 pm
The Olsen House is also open at other times during the week when volunteers or staff are available.
“One of your warm and friendly volunteers greeted us at one of the farms and helped illuminate the history further…”JH