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On the Grounds of the Old Schoolhouse

Rowing Them Safely Home

Discover the adventures, profits and dangers of Lake Michigan schooner and steamship travel with a visit to the Boathouse exhibition "Rowing Them Safely Home—Shipwrecks and Lifesaving on Lake Michigan."

The structure, designed by architect Nic Wilkens, is a contemporary reference to the old Lake Michigan lifesaving stations, and acts as a gathering place for garden visitors. Featured here is the restored 1854 Francis lifesaving boat—one of America's earliest lifesaving boats, along with a display on shipping and shipwrecks. Funded in part by 2012 Museums for America Grant.

See more photos of the Rowing Them Home Safely exhibit and design.


Back-In-Time Pathway

Publicly initiated in the summer of 2010, the garden project is gradually converting the 1.16-acre schoolhouse grounds into a walk-through, living classroom weaving historical and ecological stories together to exemplify our area's heritage.

A series of topical "learning areas" explore various facets of our area's history, featuring a peach orchard, a Mt. Baldhead viewing station, children's garden and schoolyard games, and a rhododendron garden, among others.