Years ago, the blacksmith was an essential person in the community because they made and fit horseshoes. A blacksmith works with metal, heats it up and bends it to whatever shape is needed. This 24 ft. x 24 ft. building was constructed in 2010 and . . . — — Map (db m181153) HM
The Cider Mill was a traditional sight in many Midwestern and Northeastern US farm neighborhoods. Apple trees are quite common in parts of our country partly due to John Chapman (1774-1845), also known as Johnny Appleseed.
Apples have many . . . — — Map (db m181149) HM
Brothers Joseph and James Gage immigrated from Canada in 1860. Joseph filed a homestead claim in Elmwood Township. In 1869, Joseph built a store and mill on his land. Two years later, he platted the village of Gagetown where five . . . — — Map (db m160954) HM
The garage is one of the original structures on the site. It was built in 1919 while the house was still under construction. This building typifies the ornate detail for which builders John and George Munro were known.
All of the framing . . . — — Map (db m181131) HM
Beginning in the mid to late 19th century, farmers were able to produce grain crops that exceeded the needs of their families and industries were creating a demand for the excess crops. The first facilities for receiving and storing grain were flat . . . — — Map (db m181147) HM
In 1919 James & Cora Purdy hired local builders, John and George Munro, of Gagetown, MI to begin building this Arts and Crafts style home. This home features 15 rooms including three full bathrooms (which was very uncommon in rural Michigan . . . — — Map (db m181128) HM
The original owner of this farmstead, James L. Purdy, was on a trip to Iowa when he saw an octagonal barn and was determined to have one of his own. When he returned to Gagetown, he hired the Munro Bothers, local builders who had previously built . . . — — Map (db m181133) HM
This one room country school was built in 1898 and called the Mast School; named after John and Mary Mast on whose property it was built on Gettel Road in Sebewaing, Michigan. It functioned as a one room country school until Christmas of 1947 . . . — — Map (db m181144) HM
In 1895, James Purdy started to acquire acreage along the east side of Richie Road. By 1918, he had acquired 560 acres, which was mostly swampland including all of Mud Lake just a half-mile northeast of this Barn Site. His goal was to build a . . . — — Map (db m181139) HM
The sawmill building was built in the winter of 2007-2008. It is a 48 ft x 100 ft structure designed to house a Russell & Co. circular sawmill made in Massillon, Ohio, in the early 1900's. It also houses a four head planer made by Witherby Rug & . . . — — Map (db m181169) HM
The sugar shack was a traditional sight on many Midwestern and Northeast U.S. farms. Here, sap from sugar maple trees tapped nearby was boiled down to make maple syrup, a craft settlers learned from Native Americans in the area. In the early days . . . — — Map (db m181157) HM