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    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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    The well at the Weather Station Campground is down for repair. Water is not available at the campground at this time.

  • Changes in compendium

    The Superintendent's Compendium for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was updated on August 19, 2014. Changes were related to designated wilderness, mushroom collecting, and the use of unmanned aircraft. More »

Port Oneida Rural Historic District

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 more information on the farms, take a virtual tour of the sites.

 
Farmhouse in Port Oneida
Farmhouse in the Port Oneida Rural Historic Area
Kerry Kelly 2005
 

The National Park Service is preparing a plan for the preservation of the area and the public is invited to participate. For the latest information on the planning process, click on the Port Oneida Rural Historic District Plan link.

 
Wagon ride at Port Oneida Fair
Wagon ride at the 2005 Port Oneida Fair
Kerry Kelly 2005
 

Once a year, on the second Friday and Saturday in August, the Port Oneida Fair displays the crafts, skills, and talents that made rural life productive and enjoyable during the late 1800's and early 1900's. You can see oxen and horses pulling harvesting hay, ride in a horse-drawn wagon around the Dechow farm, watch artists and craftsmen at work, and much more. These pictures show a few of the activities during the fair. Most of the year, Port Oneida is a quiet pastoral area where you can explore the old farmsteads and get a sense of this little farming community.

Come to the Port Oneida Fair and experience the arts, crafts, and farming life of the past.

 
Horse-drawn Hay Loader
Horse-drawn Hay Loader demonstrated at the Port Oneida Fair
Kerry Kelly 2005
 

More in-depth history of the area is available in this section as well as from books and reports available at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Port Oneida Rural Historic District through this section of the web site, and then come visit and take a driving tour of the area and see it for yourself. As you look at some of these farms, you might want to know what some of the farm buildings were used for. Browse our Farm Building Description page.

 

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Inland Lakes

There are 21 inland lakes within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Explore one of these small lakes for a close-up view of some of the birds, mammals, and wildflowers protected there. By the way, the fishing is usually great! More...