• Looking out at the lake

    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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Blacksmith Shop

The blacksmith shop is operational most days in the summer, staffed by volunteers. You can watch the blacksmith take a piece of iron, heat it in the forge and pound out useful shapes and parts. The exhibit is very interactive, so feel free to ask questions. You can see some of the parts they have made in the shop and ask the blacksmith questions about his trade or the history of the local area. While you are watching, you will learn about D. H. Day and his role in developing the Glen Haven area.

Hours

Memorial Day to Labor Day 11-5. Days and hours vary after Labor Day.

Phone

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Location

Historic village of Glen Haven off M-109

Activities

Fully restored 1920's blacksmith shop provides demonstrations of transforming bars of iron into beautiful, useful items. The blacksmith also tells visitors about the local history of the area when it was settled during the logging and farming era.

Exhibits

Parts made by the blacksmith and an old wagon

Facilities

Public restrooms are available by the Glen Haven General Store


Did You Know?

Night Sky

The night sky is vital to many plants and animals that call Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore home and it holds a variety of meanings for many cultures. An unpolluted night sky is especially valuable to humans wishing to experience natural darkness, shooting stars, or the Milky Way.