“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Holland Heights in Ottawa County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Van Raalte Farm

The Van Raalte Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lugnuts, July 20, 2020
1. The Van Raalte Farm Marker
Inscription.  In 1847 Holland's founder, the Reverend Albertus C. Van Raalte, purchased this property from the federal government for $2.32 an acre. When his son Benjamin returned from the Civil War in 1865, Van Raalte gave him the 160-acre tract. By 1873, when Benjamin married Julia Gilmore, he had built this Classical Revival-inspired house and two barns. Benjamin was a prosperous farmer and agricultural implements dealer. When he died in 1917, his daughter Julia Christina and husband Orlando C. Relmold, inherited the property. The Relmold family came to the farm each summer. Julia Christina considered it her home and often came here for extended visits. In 1883, Benjamin's Great grandchildren sold the farm to the city of Holland which preserved it as a park. The Van Raalte Farm is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Erected 1995 by Bureau of History, Department of State. (Marker Number 608.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureArchitecture
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Churches & ReligionParks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1847.
Location. 42° 46.924′ N, 86° 3.725′ W. Marker is in Holland, Michigan, in Ottawa County. It is in Holland Heights. Marker can be reached from East 16th Street, on the right when traveling east. The marker cannot be seen from the road. You must follow the drive until it curves to go up the hill to the house. The marker is at the base of that hill. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1076 E 16th St, Holland MI 49423, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ebenezer Reformed Church (approx. one mile away); Old Wing Mission (approx. 1.4 miles away); New Groningen Cemetery / Groningen (approx. 1.4 miles away); De Zwaan Windmill (approx. 2.1 miles away); Piece of Old Blades (approx. 2.1 miles away); Van Vleck Hall (approx. 2.1 miles away); New Groningen / Jan Rabbers (approx. 2.1 miles away); Holland City Hall and Firehouse No. 2 (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Holland.
The Van Raalte Farm Campus image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lugnuts, July 20, 2020
2. The Van Raalte Farm Campus
The Van Raalte Farm image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lugnuts, July 20, 2020
3. The Van Raalte Farm
Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2023. It was originally submitted on August 8, 2020, by Lugnuts of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 323 times since then and 190 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 8, 2020, by Lugnuts of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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