The farms of the Port Oneida area are typical of the turn of the century farms throughout the Midwest. It is rare, however, to find such a large collection of older farms that are free from modern development. The district is historically significant because it conveys the land use practices, architecture and evolution of agricultural technology common to subsistence farms of the upper Great Lakes region. Port Oneida was farmed for over 100 years; the houses and fields passed down from generation to generation. For a map of the area, take a Virtual Tour.
For information about the efforts to preserve the Historic District and for event information at the district visit the Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear website.
Olsen Farm Interpretive Center- Additionally, for an introductory, educational journey into the historic life and resources in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, We invite you to step inside the Charles and Hattie Olsen Farmhouse.
Through videos, displays and maps, become acquainted with the Olsen family who lived on the farm. Learn about the Port Oneida community. Listen to recorded interviews with Port Oneida descendants. Browse resource materials for historic information. Enjoy the grounds, or begin your hiking tour through the Port Oneida Rural Historic District using our field guide and map. Make it an educational outing for your club, school or senior citizen group.
Look for the final exhibit’s grand opening celebration in summer of 2016! It will offer an in-depth understanding of cultural landscapes, and an appreciation of Native American and pioneer settlers including the cultural traditions of the late 1800′s – early 1900′s.
For more information about the Olsen Farm Interpretiv Center please visit: http://www.phsb.org/explore/exhibit/
For more information about the History of the Port Oneida Rural Historic District Visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Website