Wellington Farm, USA

Wellington Farm, USA Welcome to Wellington Farm, USA"Where it's always 1932!" Your Opportunity to Visit the Great Depression Your visit back to the year of 1932 will begin at our well stocked Visitor Center.
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Amish farm baked pies, jams and jellies, hand made wooden toys, books and gift items are tastefully displayed for your browsing. As you leave through the back door of the store a shuttle will be waiting to transport you back to the historic comples. Along the way you will experience some of the history of the community of Wellington and view some of the farming operations that are currently going on. Your first stop will be at the Stittsville Church, where you will be greeted by a trained docent who will be your guide for the next hour or so. They will take you inside the church and explain some of the history of the church and talk about some of the artifacts on display there. From the church, you will make your way to the Summer Kitchen. On the way, you may be provided the opportunity to view our big Advance steam engine up close. You may even be able to have your picture taken while you are at the controls. In the Summer Kitchen, your guide will explain to you what life was like for the women of the farm during the Great Depression and show you many artifacts that are often still put to use during demonstrations and special events. From the Summer Kitchen, it's only a short walk to John Schram's Blacksmith Shop. Along the way, you will have an opportunity to view the new Broom Shop and the old Railroad Grade. In front of the Blacksmith Shop is an Adams Leaning Wheele Grader. Like most of the buildings at Wellington Farm, the Blacksmith Shop is a reproduction, but it is also fully functional, and often on weekends you will find a blacksmith hard at work at the forge. Next stop is Junior Wakeley's Sawmill where you will get a breif history of the logging era and the part this mill played. Behind the sawmill is the Carpenter Shop which is chuck full of interesting things to see. Your guide may show you artifacts which have played a significant part in the history of our country, and others which played a significant part in the history of this tiny community of Wellington which is no longer in existance. The last stop of your guided tour is the Grist Mill where, if the miller is in, you may be able to see cornmeal or barley flour being ground, corn being shelled or grist being ground for the animals. If you stay long enough you may experience a lecture on corn or the on the importance of the miller in the Depression Era Community. After your visit to the Grist Mill, you are free to roam about the farm at your leisure, re-looking at some of the buildings, talking with some of the demonstrators who may be present or hiking one of the Nature Trails. When you are ready to return to you car, just have a seat in the red chairs in front of the Grist Mill and the shuttle will come by and return you to the Visitor Center. On the return ride, you will have an opportunity to view more of what Wellington Farm has to offer, including a ride through the beech/maple forest and a brief explaanation of forest ecology. You will also have an opportunity to view our Mainstage where musical programs and storytellers are presented throughout the season. Your tour ends back at the Visitor Center where you started and, when it's completed, you will be able to 'top-off' your tour with a visit to our Museum where you will have an opportunity to view various plows which were used to farm Northern Michigan years ago. One such plow is highly significant and exceedingly rare. All in all, when you leave Wellington Farm, USA, you will find that your life has been enhanced and your knowledge of another place and time has been greatly expanded.

Operating as usual

10/18/2020

We apologize for any inconvenience, The Corona Virus Corn Maze is closed today due to flooding from rain. We are still doing pumpkin chunkin' at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm today. We are also doing tours and have cider and donuts for sale in the pavilion today. Also available is pumpkin carving in the pavilion all materials are supplied. Pumpkins remain at the park for our Halloween hayride.

10/17/2020

Due to the rain the corn maze is shut down for the rest of the day. Sorry.

10/16/2020

It has been an interesting day at the park today sunshine, flurries, blizzard, sunshine. Got to love Michigan weather.

We finally have an aerial picture of the Corona Virus corn maze. Enjoy it this weekend along with pumpkin chuckin' and s...
10/08/2020

We finally have an aerial picture of the Corona Virus corn maze. Enjoy it this weekend along with pumpkin chuckin' and smashing, and self guided tours. Admission charges and rules for the maze are listed in a previous post. No sandals allowed.

UPDATE: Sunday, 10/11/2020. If you are coming to the park today. Our credit card machine is down We can only accept cash or checks. Sorry for the inconvenience.

We are gearing up for an amazing fall. Corn maze, tours, pumpkin chunking, Jack-o-lantern carving contest, Halloween Hay...
09/29/2020

We are gearing up for an amazing fall. Corn maze, tours, pumpkin chunking, Jack-o-lantern carving contest, Halloween Hayrides.

Please check our Event Schedule for dates and times.

Squash 70 cents per pound.
09/25/2020

Squash 70 cents per pound.

Pumpkins!!! 40 cents per pound.
09/25/2020

Pumpkins!!! 40 cents per pound.

Fall at the Farm. School tours (call to reserve), Corn Maze, family tours.
09/25/2020

Fall at the Farm. School tours (call to reserve), Corn Maze, family tours.

09/20/2020
We are so happy that this group of model T owners stopped by our Antique Car show today. They will be here till about 11...
09/12/2020

We are so happy that this group of model T owners stopped by our Antique Car show today. They will be here till about 11:00 a.m.

If you have an antique car built before the year 1932, you are more than welcome to come and visit today. There is not a fee for people bringing in antique cars.

The coronavirus maze opens today. Can you beat it? The maze will run from September 4th until it is no longer viable, bu...
09/04/2020

The coronavirus maze opens today. Can you beat it?

The maze will run from September 4th until it is no longer viable, but no later than October 31st

Hours for The Maze are as follows:

Friday's from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Admission for the corn maze is $8 per person.

We are also offering a combination admission which includes the corn maze and the park. Pricing is as follows:

Adults $14.00
Seniors $11.50
Students $10.00

The maze is not recommended for children five and under.

Children between the ages of 6 and 15 must remain with an adult at all times.

Please be sure to follow corn maze rules.

*We take the coronavirus seriously, precautions are in place to maintain social distancing and masks are required when in our buildings.

You may not know this, But Wellington Farm USA operates with a staff of volunteers.  We appreciate all of them donating ...
08/24/2020

You may not know this, But Wellington Farm USA operates with a staff of volunteers. We appreciate all of them donating their time to give our guests a glimpse into the past. Many have contributed to the park since it began in 1996. Young and old alike. We have also lost many and they are indeed missed. Those who helped out this weekend With the Civil War Education, Thank you. Here are a few pictures. Thanks again!

Thank you Howard, Gloria, Ron, Don, Blanche, Terry, Mike, Sandy, Monty, Perry, Henny, Tim, Ann and Mikey.

Big Thank you to all of the Civil War Re-en actors!  What a wonderful job giving us a peek into the past!  Very Educatio...
08/24/2020

Big Thank you to all of the Civil War Re-en actors! What a wonderful job giving us a peek into the past! Very Educational. We look forward to next year.

Wellington Farm USA, Civil War Reenactment Schedule For Sunday August 23, 2020. If you missed us Saturday please be sure...
08/22/2020

Wellington Farm USA, Civil War Reenactment Schedule For Sunday August 23, 2020.

If you missed us Saturday please be sure to join us on Sunday.

Civil War Education today. Full schedule of events. Come visit the past.
08/22/2020

Civil War Education today. Full schedule of events. Come visit the past.

Here is the schedule for Saturday's Civil War Education. The breakfast and the Jam session are for the Civil War reenact...
08/21/2020

Here is the schedule for Saturday's Civil War Education. The breakfast and the Jam session are for the Civil War reenactors only. We are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

08/08/2020

Just a reminder that the Wellington Tractor Show originally scheduled for this weekend was cancelled. The park is still open for tours.

Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm.
Sunday 11am to 4pm

Last tour runs one hour before closing.

Admission is as follows

$10 adults
$7.50 seniors
$6.00 students
Under 5 are free.

07/25/2020

Wellington Farm USA will have a corn maze this year. Stay tuned to Facebook, our website and the local newspapers for more details.

07/25/2020

Thank you to all of those who participated in our quilt show. Such a beautiful works of art from old to new. We also chose this event to open the Annis house to the public. we had more participants this year which is wonderful and hopefully next year the show will be even bigger.

Don't forget, Quilt Show tomorrow and Sunday. Standard admission, buildings will be open and get a sneek peak of the "An...
07/17/2020

Don't forget, Quilt Show tomorrow and Sunday. Standard admission, buildings will be open and get a sneek peak of the "Annis House" while observing quilt making in process.

9 am-5pm Saturday
11am-4pm Sunday

Just wanted to remind everyone that we are having a Quilt Show next weekend. July 18th and 19th.  Some of the quilts tha...
07/10/2020

Just wanted to remind everyone that we are having a Quilt Show next weekend. July 18th and 19th. Some of the quilts that we have displayed are over a hundred years old. Some are made out of old flour / sugar sacks.

If you have quilts that you would like to share or put on display for the weekend please feel free to call us at 989-348-5187.

One pie left today. If your driving by, stop in. We are here till 4 pm today.
06/28/2020

One pie left today. If your driving by, stop in. We are here till 4 pm today.

Due to the Corona Virus, reduced attendence and reduced staffing we are changing our hours of operation. New Summer Hour...
06/28/2020

Due to the Corona Virus, reduced attendence and reduced staffing we are changing our hours of operation.

New Summer Hours

Monday - Thursday. CLOSED
Friday - Saturday. 9am - 5pm
Sunday 11am- 4pm

The last tour runs one hour before closing.

All scheduled events will still take place with the exception of "The Wellington Tractor Show". It has been cancelled. "The Civil War Reenactment" has been moved to August 21, 22 and 23.

We are still available for weddings and special events.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope that you understand. If you have any questions please feel free to call Howard at 989-529-7331 or Patty at 989-387-3370.

Added bonus, pictures of the goats.😉

06/09/2020

We are in need of volunteers. We will be having a meeting this Sunday at 3:00 pm in the Pavilion. We will be going over schedules, positions, and general information for anyone who is interested in volunteering this year. This includes past volunteers.

Please stop by and see what we are all about.

Wellington Farm USA has been in the Crawford County Community since 1996.  It is a 503 Non profit organization that offe...
06/04/2020

Wellington Farm USA has been in the Crawford County Community since 1996. It is a 503 Non profit organization that offers families and students the opportunity to learn about the great depression on a farming community in northern Michigan. Skills used in the 1930's were thrifty. Families grew their own crops, canned their own food, made their own clothing. They made use of everything with very little waste. They were true survivors.

Now more than ever people are looking at being more self sufficient. To return to some of the older ways of living.

If you would like to volunteer some of your time to reenact, be a docent, make a craft item, bake, sew, garden, provide construction skills, lawn care skills or animal, care we would love to have you. Students who need community service for graduation, Senior Citizens who wish to teach a skill even if it is only one day a month.

We have so much to offer to our residents. Yet many are not even aware that we exist in our own community. Spread the word! We also have youth volunteer programs.

Contact Patty at 989-387-3370 or Howard 989-529-7331

Since we have a little time on our hands, we are working on projects. The Visitors Center got a little interior face lif...
05/27/2020

Since we have a little time on our hands, we are working on projects. The Visitors Center got a little interior face lift. A little more to go, but almost complete. New paint, rearranged. Can't wait for opening day. June 20th, 2020.

05/25/2020

OPENING DAY

Our opening day has been moved to June 20th 2020. All events scheduled after this date are still scheduled to proceed at this point. We will keep you posted. Thank you for your continued support!

05/25/2020

We are sorry to inform you that "The Civil War Reenactment" Scheduled for June 12, 13 and 14th has been cancelled (closed to the public). There is a possibility of this event being scheduled later in the season. We will keep you updated as things change. Please call or visit this page or our web-site for updates as things are changing daily.

Those involved with the reenactment be sure to get in touch with you regiments for more information.

This has been an unusual year thus far. Our opening day for this season has been delayed. We are still waiting to see wh...
05/21/2020

This has been an unusual year thus far. Our opening day for this season has been delayed. We are still waiting to see what happens with the current executive order. It is looking as if it is going to be the later part of June. Official date to be posted Friday.

05/08/2020

Currently our scheduled events are tentative. The only definite cancellation has been Kite Day (May 23, 2020). Opening day has been moved to May 29, 2020, We will keep you posted based on Covid 19 executive orders. Stay safe.

Plow Day Scheduled for May 2, 2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID 19 executive order.Please visit our website welli...
04/27/2020

Plow Day Scheduled for May 2, 2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID 19 executive order.

Please visit our website wellingtonfarmusa.com or check our page for updated information.

Open day is scheduled for May 22, 2020 but is subject to change. We will keep you posted.

Just like all of you we are riding this out to see what happens next. Be safe. We will keep you posted as to our opening...
04/11/2020

Just like all of you we are riding this out to see what happens next. Be safe. We will keep you posted as to our opening date, for now it is as scheduled. If things change we will keep you updated.

We are still looking for volunteers for this season. please message us if you or someone you know of might be interested.

03/18/2020

Lets make butter! (without an old butter churn)

A project for all those kids who are home due to the mandated confinement.

What you will need:

* A clear plastic container with a tight fitting lid
* 3-4 well washed marbles
* 1 Cup Whipping Cream
* A spatula

Let whipping cream (1 cup) get to room temperature. pour it into clear plastic container.

Add marbles,

Put lid on and make sure it is closed tightly.

Then "shake, shake, shake" (It might be helpful to have a sibling or friend help shake).

When butter forms, pour off the excess liquid (This is buttermilk)

Rinse the butter with water to remove any excess liquid.

Knead the butter/curds till they are all mixed together and form one solid clump you can mix a little salt, seasonings, honey, garlic to make your own special butter. Then mold it to a desired shape and put in the refrigerator to harden.

Enjoy!

Just a few wedding that have taken place at Wellington Farm USA.  Many options available.  In house officiant and photog...
03/17/2020

Just a few wedding that have taken place at Wellington Farm USA. Many options available. In house officiant and photography services (Trish Girard Photography). Contact Patricia Taylor at the park office 989-348-5187 or cell 989-387-3370 for more information.

Just a few wedding that have taken place at Wellington Farm USA. Many options available. In house officiant and photography services (Trish Girard Photography). Contact Patricia Taylor at the park office 989-348-5187 or cell 989-387-3370 for more information.

03/16/2020

It has come to our attention that there was an error in the dates that have been listed for the Wellington Tractor Show. The show will take place on the 7th,8th and 9th of August. Our brochures/rack cards list the following week. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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6944 S Military Rd
Grayling, MI
49738

Opening Hours

Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(989) 348-5187

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Your Opportunity to Visit the Great Depression Your visit back to the year of 1932 will begin at our well stocked Visitor Center. Farm baked pies, jams and jellies, hand made wooden toys, books and gift items are tastefully displayed for your browsing. As you leave through the back door of the store a shuttle will be waiting to transport you back to the historic complex. Along the way you will experience some of the history of the community of Wellington and view some of the farming operations that are currently going on. Your first stop will be at the Stittsville Church, where you will be greeted by a trained docent who will be your guide for the next hour or so. They will take you inside the church and explain some of the history of the church and talk about some of the artifacts on display there. From the church, you will make your way to the Summer Kitchen. On the way, you may be provided the opportunity to view our big Advance steam engine up close. You may even be able to have your picture taken while you are at the controls. In the Summer Kitchen, your guide will explain to you what life was like for the women of the farm during the Great Depression and show you many artifacts that are often still put to use during demonstrations and special events. From the Summer Kitchen, it's only a short walk to Crafters Alley. Here you will have an opportunity to view the Basket Maker’s Cottage, Loom House, the old logging railroad grade and the Broom Maker’s Shop. At the end of Crafters Alley is John Schram’s Blacksmith Shop. In front of the Blacksmith Shop is an Adams Leaning Wheel Grader. Like most of the buildings at Wellington Farm, the Blacksmith Shop is a reproduction, but it is also fully functional, and often on weekends you will find a blacksmith hard at work at the forge. Next stop is Junior Wakeley's Sawmill where you will get a breif history of the logging era and the part this mill played. Behind the sawmill is the Carpenter Shop which is chuck full of interesting things to see. Your guide may show you artifacts which have played a significant part in the history of our country, and others which played a significant part in the history of this tiny community of Wellington which is no longer in existence.

Next is Perry Lamkin’s Broom Handle Factory. Here you will see the original broom handle lathe and the very first belt sander. Both were invented by Perry in the 1880’s. Henry Ford saw these machines in the 1930’s and requested that they be sent to the Ford Museum.

The last stop of your guided tour is the Grist Mill where, if the miller is in, you may be able to see cornmeal or barley flour being ground, corn being shelled or grist being ground for the animals. If you stay long enough you may experience a lecture on corn or the on the importance of the miller in the Depression Era Community. After your visit to the Grist Mill, you are free to roam about the farm at your leisure, re-looking at some of the buildings, talking with some of the demonstrators who may be present or hiking one of the Nature Trails. The Livestock Barn is always and interesting stop for the younger set and nearby you can witness the Annis Farmstead Exhibit which is now under construction. The 1927 Montgomery Ward House is scheduled to open during the 2019 season. When you are ready to return to you car, just have a seat in the red chairs in front of the Grist Mill and the shuttle will come by and return you to the Visitor Center. On the return ride, you will have an opportunity to view more of what Wellington Farm has to offer, including a ride through the beech/maple forest and a brief explanation of forest ecology. You will also have an opportunity to view our Mainstage where musical programs and storytellers are presented throughout the season. Your tour ends back at the Visitor Center where you started and, when it's completed, you will be able to 'top-off' your tour with a visit to our Museum where you will have an opportunity to view various plows which were used to farm Northern Michigan years ago. One such plow is highly significant and exceedingly rare. All in all, when you leave Wellington Farm, USA, you will find that your life has been enhanced and your knowledge of another place and time has been greatly expanded.

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Perfect pumpkin chunkin' day at the Farm!
Heading out for home Monday!
Grayling Cub scout pack 3993 came for the pumpkin-chunkin Sunday October 13, 2019. The weather may not have been favorable but it didn't stop us from having a great time 😁
We loved our visit! Very friendly, helpful staff who went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and appreciated. The tour was delightful and Howard, our guide, really knows his history! Thank you all so much! 💕
I see you have a civil war event for the weekend of June 22nd and 23rd on your flyer. Can you tell me what reenacter units are attending and who the artillery units are? This must be a new one for your Park. i'm usually up for the artillery competition on range 35 later in the year.
I love wellington farms, It makes me feel like I have went back in time.
Are you looking for a unique place to have your wedding in 2019? Consider Wellington Farm USA. We have a beautiful quaint church that was built in 1882 (relocated to the park in 2005). We also have an arch in the woods for a secluded peaceful nature setting. Other options are available as well. Including reception options. Have your portraits taken in front of rustic buildings, antique equipment or one of our other picturesque areas. Our staff would love to make your day one to remember for a lifetime. We also offer services of a licensed officiate, photographer and other wedding vendors at reasonable rates. Please call Patricia (Trish) Taylor to arrange a appointment to view our location and answer any questions that you may have. 989-387-3370
Thank you for visiting our page. We are currently working on our schedule of events for the 2019 season. Exciting things are happening. Stay posted for the updates. We look forward to seeing you! Till then enjoy some winter photos.
Hello! How much is it to get into the Tractor Show in August?
Not sure I have ever even seen one of these before - no telling what the seller has in mind for a minimum, but it doesn't seem to be getting much attention yet at only $250...