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D. H. Day Farmstead (Oswegatchie)

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1900s. 6141 MI 109 (S. Dune Hwy.)
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

Lying in the midst of an open meadow surrounded by wood lots and orchards and in the shadow of Sleeping Bear Dunes is the Queen Anne farmhouse and the dairy, bull, and pig barns built by Day. He acquired the farm from the Northwestern Transportation Company in the 1870s, cleared it, and put it into service employing modern agricultural equipment and methods. Here he grew hay and corn to feed his prize herd of two hundred Holsteins and four hundred hogs. By the 1920s an orchard of five thousand cherry trees grew here. Built in the late 1880s, the magnificent 116-foot-long dairy barn, with its poured-concrete silo, octagonal cupolas with bell roofs, and a vaulted and ogee roof with slightly flared eaves to permit water drainage, is both picturesque and functional. Day named the farmhouse “Oswegatchie” after the upper New York State community where his father was born. Day's foreman lived in the large Queen Anne farmhouse.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "D. H. Day Farmstead (Oswegatchie)", [Empire, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 431-432.

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