• Looking out at the lake

    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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  • No water at Weather Station Campground until further notice.

    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 »

Tweddle Schoolhouse

Tweddle Schoolhouse

Tweddle Schoolhouse

Kerry Kelly 2007

The Tweddle Schoolhouse is located right on M-22 about 2 miles south of Empire on the west side of the road. It was built in about 1895 and served the little farming community until the schools were consolidated and the building was converted to a residence. The bell tower was removed, but the exterior of the building displays much of its original character as a school. Note the two entrances: one for boys and one for girls. A row of lilac bushes borders the school yard.
 
Pelky Barn

Pelky Barn next to the Tweddle School

Kerry Kelly 2007

The barn next door to the school is the Pelky barn. It was built about 1875, and is the only building of the farmstead remaining. The L-plan, timber-frame, and vertical board siding is typical of barns of northern Michigan.

Did You Know?

South Manitou Island Lighthouse

The lighthouse on South Manitou Island (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore) was commissioned in 1872 and served Lake Michigan Shipping for over 100 years. You can take a tour of the lighthouse and climb its 117 step circular stairway to a great view of the Manitou Passage. More...