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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) will host the 11th Annual Port Oneida Rural Arts and Culture Fair on August 10-11 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitors to the event may take a shuttle, drive, hike, or bike between six unique historic sites to enjoy a variety of activities. Each week leading up to the fair, details will be made available about one of the following sites: Burfiend Barn, Kelderhouse Farm, Olsen Farm, Thoreson Farm, Dechow Farm, and Port Oneida Schoolhouse.
The Kelderhouse site for the Port Oneida Fair will include the farmhouse, farmstead, and cemetery. The Kelderhouse family was the second to move to Port Oneida after the Burfiends. The Kelderhouse farmhouse will be open to the public and the Kelderhouse family members will have photos and family history available to view. The Kelderhouse Farm is also the site of a small Civil War encampment to include a field hospital with period surgical instruments and a bandaging demonstration made by the encampment's nurses. An infantry camp will be in place with soldiers and their equipment. The men of Port Oneida often served in the 26th Michigan Infantry, 15th Michigan Infantry, or the 10th Michigan Cavalry during the Civil War.
On Saturday, August 11, at 12:00 p.m. (noon), the Robert Finch Camp 14, Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, will present a modified Grand Army of the Republic grave dedication service at the Kelderhouse cemetery. The cemetery is located just east of the house. Across the street at the Schoolhouse, there will be a display of Civil War gravestone rubbings.
The Port Oneida Fair is a free event, but you must purchase a Park Entrance Pass and prominently display it in your vehicle. Please call 231-326-5135, ext. 328, to make reservations (if you plan to bring a group), or ask questions, or visit the National Lakeshore's website at www.nps.gov/slbe.