Glen Haven, Michigan
|Restored Logging Village|
Looking north at Glen Haven on M-209
|Within the||Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore|
|Established||1857 as Sleeping Bearville|
|• Type||U.S. National Park Service|
|Elevation||598 ft (182 m)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
Glen Haven Village Historic District
|Area||16 acres (6.5 ha)|
|Governing body||National Park Service|
|NRHP Reference #||
|Added to NRHP||June 24, 1983|
Glenn Haven is a restored logging village on the shore of Lake Michigan on the Leelanau Peninsula within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Attractions include the restored General Store and Blacksmith Shop. The unincorporated community is located in Glen Arbor Township.
Also located in Glen Haven is the former Glen Haven Canning Co. building. This building was first used as a warehouse and later as a cannery for cherries in the 1920s. It has since been restored as the Cannery Boathouse Museum, housing historic small wooden boats used in the Manitou Passage between Glen Haven/Glen Arbor and the Manitou Islands.
The terminus of M-209 was located in front of the former U.S. Coast Guard Life Saving Station, now restored as the Sleeping Bear Point Coast Guard Station Maritime Museum. The exhibits focus on the U.S. Life-Saving Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Great Lakes shipping history. In the summer, demonstrations are given of rescue drills and equipment used to fire a rescue line from shore more than 400 yards (370 m) to a ship in distress.
In 1857, Glen Haven was founded west of Glen Arbor as a settlement called Sleeping Bearville when C. C. McCarty, brother-in-law of Glen Arbor pioneer John E. Fisher, built a saw mill and inn on the beach there. By 1881, there were 11 buildings in the community. The lifesaving station was built in 1901 and moved to its present location in 1931 before closing in 1941. The Park Service purchased all of the village by the mid-1970s. The last resident, Carolyn Bumgardner, was evicted through eminent domain in November 2007 after a long battle to keep her property.
The park covers a 35-mile (56 km) stretch of Lake Michigan's eastern coastline, as well as North and South Manitou Islands. The park was established primarily for its outstanding natural features, including forests, beaches, dune formations, and ancient glacial phenomena. The Lakeshore also contains many cultural features including the 1871 South Manitou Island Lighthouse, three former Life-Saving Service/Coast Guard Stations and an extensive rural historic farm district. The park was authorized on October 21, 1970.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- "Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore". National Park Service. Retrieved February 15, 2008.
- "Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - Maritime Museum". National Park Service. Retrieved February 15, 2008.
- "Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - Glen Haven History and Culture". National Park Service. Retrieved February 23, 2008.
- "D. H. Day". National Park Service. Retrieved February 23, 2008.
- Weeks, George (2005). Sleeping Bear: Yesterday and Today. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press. ISBN 0-472-03031-0.
- "Week in Review: 11/11/2007". Traverse City Record-Eagle. November 11, 2007. Retrieved March 24, 2009.
- National Park Service slideshow of Glen Haven
- Sleeping Bear Point Coast Guard Station Maritime Museum
- Cannery Boathouse Museum
- Glen Haven General Store
- Glen Haven Blacksmith Shop