Richmond in Macomb County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
John Donley Farm
During the Irish potato famine in the 1840s, a million people fled their homeland. Most came to America. Among them was 22 year old John Donley of Ballyporeen, County Tipperary. He landed in New York City in 1848.
John leased and later bought a farm on 29 Mile Road (then called Irish Road), just east of Gratiot Turnpike. He and two of his brothers cleared the land and built this log cabin. Four generations of the Donley family lived in this log cabin and on the farm for more than 100 years.
During the 1930s and '40s, John Donley's grandson, Hugh Donley, his wife Frances Gavin, and their seven children occupied the cabin.
In 1998, the Richmond Historical Society moved the cabin to this site to preserve it for future generations.
Dedicated to the Richmond Historical Society by the descendants of John Donley on 8 August, 1998.
Erected 1998 by Richmond Historical Society.
Location. 42° 48.81′ N, 82° 45.301′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Michigan, in Macomb County. Marker is at the intersection of Park Street and Beebe Street, on the left when traveling west on Park Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 36045 Park Street, Richmond MI 48062, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Sanford Stone / Weller House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Steam Engines--A Brief History (approx. 0.2 miles away); Richmond Center for the Performing Arts (approx. ¼ mile away); Crawford Settlement Burying Ground (approx. 8.7 miles away); Ray Township District No. 1 School (approx. 9.3 miles away); Religious Society Church (approx. 9.3 miles away); Millstones (approx. 9.3 miles away); Wolcott Mill (approx. 9.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
Categories. • Agriculture • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 24, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.