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.
It is with deep regret that
we must cancel the Hooverville Reenactment scheduled for August 23 and 24, 2014. The cancellation was necessary for
two reasons, a severe reduction in our volunteer base and our inability to locate a group who was willing to perform
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat on the sleigh.