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Wellington Farm

"Where It's Always 1932"
Experience the past at a
Historic Working Farm Community

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Frick engine by the new livestock barn

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Wellington Farm Now Taking Reservations for 2014 and 2015 Weddings, Picnics, Family Reunions, Bus Tours and School Trips
 
Wellington Farm is now accepting reservations for Employee Picnics, Family Reunions, Birthday Parties, School Field Trips and Weddings.  If you are looking for a place to hold such an event, you might like to call 989 348 5187 and make arrangements to come out and look over the facilities offered and talk about costs and other arrangements.  

Wellington Farm is an excellent opportunity for later elementary and middle school field trips.  The farm has a structured educational program for grades 3 through 8 dealing with history, nature study, forestry, environmental science and agriculture.  For more information, or to make your reservations call 989 348 5187f no one answers, please leave your name and a contact number and some one will call you back.  Wellington Farm is now closed for the season but we do check the phone on a regular basis.  The Farm will open for the 2014 season in mid-May but we begin taking school groups in April.  Another option is to leave a message in our guest book here on our website.
 

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Welcome to Wellington!

Wellington Farm, USA is a 60-acre open-air interpretive museum designed to provide an educational opportunity for visitors to experience life as it was in rural mid-America during The Great Depression.  Through a series of displays, a wide variety of exhibits, and beautiful natural settings, the park provides a variety of educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities for visitors to Northern Michigan.

Our unique museum honors our heritage by providing visitors and students with the opportunity to experience history firsthand.  The park includes a Visitor's Center, Blacksmith Shop, Grist Mill, Sawmill, Carpenter's Shop, Machine Shed, Livestock Barn, Summer Kitchen, Broom Shop, Basket Maker's Shop, the historic Stittsville Church and our latest addition, the Perry Lamkin Historic Display featuring artifacts you will find no where else in the world.  All of our buildings are fully functional and often in operation, manned by volunteers in period attire.  A pavilion, nature trails and modern restrooms complete the park's beautiful natural setting in Northern Michigan; approximately 8 miles south of Grayling.

On this site you'll find information about our history and activities, along with descriptions of our Special Events.  We hope you will find all of the information you are looking for about our unique, interactive, and historical tourist destination.

OUR MISSION
It is the mission of Wellington Farm, USA to provide an interactive, educational opportunity for visitors to experience life as it was in rural mid-America during The Great Depression.  A vital component of our mission is to stress the importance of our natural resources, highlighting the wonders of our beautiful Northern Michigan surroundings and detailing the ecology of the beech/maple forest.
 
 
OUR HISTORY
Wellington Farm, USA was a farming community in the southwest corner of Crawford County, Michigan.  It existed officially from 1881 until 1918, that being the period of time when the post office was in operation.  The Wellington Post Office had possibly 8 different sites, and Wellington Farm, USA is located near one of these sites.
 
One of the very early settlers was Wellington Batterson.  He homesteaded in the area in 1878.  In 1879, when Crawford County was organized, he assumed the duty of Judge.  He was later elected Judge of Probate, a title that he held for many years.  It is likely that the post office and the community were named for Judge Batterson.
 
In 1910, Judge Batterson was instrumental in a publication designed to stimulate interest in farming in Crawford County.  It was hoped that this publication would entice immigrants to come to the area and take up farming.  The most profitable cash crops at the time were clover seed and potatoes.
 
In 1918, the duties of the Wellington Post Office were taken over by the nearby City of Grayling, MI and slowly the community of Wellington began to disappear.  A few of the old homes and farm buildings still exist, but most of what was once a bustling farming community is now gone.
 
Wellington Farm, USA is the creation of a local resident who, by his own admission, was born more years ago than he'd like to admit on a farm in northwest lower Michigan.  The only son of a farmer and a school teacher, Howard Taylor earned degrees from both Central Michigan University and Michigan State University.  He began a 30-year career in education, teaching music and theatre.
 
Upon his retirement from teaching, Howard began creating a living history farm in Crawford County near Grayling, MI.  Discovering some of the aforementioned history of the area, Taylor began researching material and developing interpretive and educational stories and presentations to entertain visitors to the park.  An avid collector of farm equipment, he expanded his collection to include authentic buildings.
 
Taylor's wife, Gloria, urged him to combine his passions into the current Wellington Farm, USA.  In 1996 the "doors" were opened to the public and tours of the facility were offered complete to every historical detail acknowledged in the buildings, dress, and storytelling enjoyed by those who experience the park.
 
 

Just a few of the "smilin' faces" waiting to meet you at
Wellington Farm, USA
"Where It's Always 1932"
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Wellington Farm, USA
"Where It's Always 1932"
6940 S. Military Road
Grayling, MI  49738
989 348 5187

welfar32@gmail.com

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Wellington Farm
"Where It's Always 1932"
6944 S. Military Road ** Grayling, MI 49738
1-989-348-5187

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 welfar32@gmail.com

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