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.
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.