D.H. Day Farm Favorites - 10.26.15
Along M-109 just north of the entrance to Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and just short of the historic logging town of Glen Haven sits one of Michigan's finest architectural masterpieces, DH Day Farm.
Built in the late 1880s, the farm was owned by one of the region's most important historical figures, David H. Day. Mr. Day came to Michigan by steamship from New York in the mid-1800s and quickly amassed a fortune in the logging industry. Unlike the area's other loggers who clear cut the land and left the state, Mr. Day diversified his interests, which included transportation, tourism, real estate development, and, as you might have guessed, farming. Mr. Day operated 400 acres from the barn, including cherry trees, apple trees, and livestock.
Today the barn is kept in immaculate condition and stands as one of the most unique agricultural structures in the world. It draws photographers in like a magnet. Not only is it a spectacular building, but it is easily accessible from all sides and sits surrounded by one of the most beautiful places on earth, Sleeping Bear Dunes.
I have been lucky enough to photograph the barn at all times of the year, different times of the day, and different weather conditions. Just when I think I've taken all I can, the barn draws me back for more. Here are a few of my favorites through the years.