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One-Of-A-Kind Historic Display
Now Open at Wellington Farm!
  The First Broom Handle Machine and Belt Sander Ever Built

          A new Historic Exhibit opened at Wellington Farm in June of 2013.  The Perry Lamkin Historic Display houses the very first spindle making machine and the very first belt sander ever built.  These two machines were built by Perry Lamkin of Whittaker, Michigan in the 1870s.  Perry was a blacksmith,sawfitter and sawmill operator.  He hand carved from wood the patterns for the castings of the spindle machine and had them cast at a foundry in Milan, Michigan.  He then fabricated by hand all of the parts necessary to complete the machine.  His intention was to manufacture broom handles and rake handles.  He was not satisfied with the quality of the handles so he proceeded to build the first belt sander to improve the quality of his product.  Both of these machines are in their original, working condition and are tastefully displayed in a workshop setting.  



Dixieland Jazz on July 12

      On Saturday evening, July 12, the Salt City Dixieland Jazz Band will be appearing on the Mainstage at the Farm.  Thhis is one of the finest Dixie Bands in the State of Michigan.  An old established band, they perform frequently on the west side of the state and are regular performers in Muskegon, Manistee and Sault Ste. Marie.  This will be their first performance in the Grayling area.  Tickets are $12.50 per person.  Doors open at 6:30 and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.  Lawn chairs and coolers are welcome.  A wonderful way to spend a summer evening.  For more information or to order season tickets email  

Join the "Farm By Lantern Light" Tradition
      Many Michigan families are now making the annual Holiday Season Production at Wellington Farm a part of their family Christmas each year.  "The Farm By Lantern Light" is a combination sleigh ride, a visit to the living history farm and a play all rolled into one evening.  The play is based on an event which supposedly happened in the tiny community of Wellington many years ago.  It's a great Holiday Season experience for the entire family, however we do encourage families with children under the age of 6 to not bring them as they tend to not understand, get cold and become fidgety resulting in the parents not enjoying the show.  After the surprise ending of the show, everyone will ride back to the starting point on the sleigh with a new appreciation of the true meaning of Christmas. Dates for the 2014 performances are December 12, 13, 19 and 20.
 Admission to the 'Farm By Lantern Light" is only $12.50 per persons and reservations are an absolute must.  Call 989 348 5187 or email to reserve your seat on the sleigh.  

"Would you like a little snort?" from the Grist Mill Scene of "The Farm By Lantern Light"

The final scene of the show is the Summer Kitchen, warmly lit with oil lamps and hot cider for all.


Adults - $7.50
Senior Citizens - $5.50
Students - $5.50
Family Max. - $27.50
(Group Rates Available - Please call for information)
(covers all admission to the farm including regularly scheduled events, plus regular admission off for most Special Events.)
Individual - $40.00
 Family - $75.00
Grand Parent/Grand Children - $35

Wellington Farm
"Where It's Always 1932"
6944 S. Military Road ** Grayling, MI 49738

Wellington Farm Park is an excellent place for Weddings, Birthday Parties, Family Reunions, Company Picnics, Business Meetings or any other group outing.  Please consider allowing us to host your next event!  Call 989 348 5187 today, or email