The Charles and Hattie Olsen Farmhouse is home to Historic Sleeping Bear. The Farmhouse offers an educational journey into the history of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The exhibit displays an appreciation of Native American and the pioneers who settled in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District and Manitou Islands in the 1800’s – early 1900’s. Showcasing its original pantry, hardwood floors and ornate woodwork, this rehabilitated pioneer homestead exemplifies the work and mission of (Preserve) Historic Sleeping Bear.
Through videos, displays and maps, visitors can become acquainted with the Olsen family who lived on the farm. Listen to recorded interviews with Port Oneida descendants, and browse resource materials for historic information. Enjoy the grounds or begin your hiking tour through the Port Oneida Rural Historic District using our Port Oneida Tour guide and map. Jump on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail that runs behind the farm. Make it an educational outing for your club, school or senior citizen group.
In addition to interpreting past history, we invite visitors to become part of history itself – connecting the past to the future – by assisting with preservation projects of remaining structures.
*Tuesdays and Saturdays – Craft Demonstrations 1-4 pm July 10 – August 18.
During these hours, you’ll find demonstrations of traditional crafts such as quilting, knitting, block printing, butter making, old-fashioned kite making, bookbinding and block printing.
June 21 – Labor Day: 11 am – 5 pm Tuesday – Saturday; Sunday 1-4
Labor Day through October 14: Saturday 11 – 4; Sunday 1-4 pm