Flint in Genesee County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Whaley House / Robert J. Whaley
The central portion of this handsome Victorian home was built in the late 1850s. Several prominent Flint families lived in it before Robert J. Whaley purchased it in 1884. Whaley a local lumberman and banker, remodeled the house extensively. Three bays, the library alcove and a west-end addition were among the exterior changes. The interior was enhanced by adding ornate woodwork and colorful tiled fireplaces. In 1925, Whaley's wife endowed the house, making it a home for elderly women. In 1975 it became a public museum.
Robert J. Whaley
Robert J. Whaley was born in Castile, New York, in 1840. He moved to Wisconsin with his family in the 1850s, then returned to New York. There he met and married Mary McFarlan of Flint. Whaley and his bride moved to Flint in 1867. Here, he joined his father-in-law in lumbering and later banking. He purchased this gracious structure in 1884. Serving as president of Flint's Citizens Bank for forty-one years, Whaley was also a trustee for the Michigan Charitable Schools, a Mason, an Elk, and a 1912 Democratic candidate for State Treasurer. He died in 1922.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 43° 1.208′ N, 83° 41.038′ W. Marker is in Flint, Michigan, in Genesee County. Marker is at the intersection of East Kearsley Street and Chavez Drive, on the right when traveling east on East Kearsley Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 624 East Kearsley Street, Flint MI 48503, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Home (a few steps from this marker); Flint Automobile Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Josiah Dallas Dort (approx. 0.3 miles away); Flint (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. half a mile away); The Demonstration Garden (approx. half a mile away); The Heart of the Farm (approx. half a mile away); Applewood Estate (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Flint.
Also see . . .
1. Robert J. Whaley House. Wikipedia article (Submitted on December 23, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. Robert J. Whaley. Wikipedia article (Submitted on December 23, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 23, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 23, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. 4. submitted on December 27, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.