We first saw the Weaver Farmhouse in early 2009 as we toured the Port Oneida Rural Historical District of Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan's northwestern Lower Peninsula.
It was easy to spot on the winter day when we first saw it, but it gets harder and harder to find again when we visit, especially during the warmer months when the trees have leaves on them.
This house, built in the early 1890s as a home for blacksmith Harrison Weaver and his family, became a ghostly vision after the family lost most of their land around 1940.
The National Park Service appears to be allowing nature to reclaim this particular plot in the Port Oneida district, and we stop by whenever we visit the area just to see if the house is still standing!
The most recent images here are from our last visit in September of this year and, as you can see, the house is slipping further and further into oblivion and becoming more and more difficult to even find from the road.
Be sure to check out my previous article about the farm and its history, Port Oneida Rural Historic District celebrates northern Michigan's agricultural heritage.
Want to learn more about Port Oneida? I recently discovered a small group of books about the town and its individual farms by Tom Van Zoeren-The Burfiend and Baker Farms: Images and Recollections from Port Oneida, The Werner Farm and Its Neighbors: Images and Recollections from Port Oneida and The Thoreson Farm and Its Neighbors: Images and Recollections from Port Oneida.
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