Herman and Anna Hanka Farm

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Herman and Anna Hanka Farm
Herman and Anna Hanka Farm is located in Michigan
Herman and Anna Hanka Farm
Location within the state of Michigan
Location Baraga Township, Baraga County, Michigan, USA
Nearest city Pelkie, Michigan
Coordinates 46°53′37″N 88°32′17″W / 46.89361°N 88.53806°W / 46.89361; -88.53806Coordinates: 46°53′37″N 88°32′17″W / 46.89361°N 88.53806°W / 46.89361; -88.53806
Area 40 acres (16 ha)
Built 1896
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 84001372[1]
Added to NRHP July 19, 1984

The Hanka Homestead is a group of 8 buildings on a 40-acre (160,000 m2) homestead. It is also known as the Herman and Anna Hanka Farm or just the Hanka Farm. It is located 3 miles (4.8 km) west of U.S. Highway 41, off Tower Road, near Pelkie, Michigan in the United States. The homestead was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[1]

History and significance[edit]

The Hanka Farm was occupied by members of the Hanka family, Finnish immigrants, from 1896 until 1966.[2] The farm was originally homesteaded at a time of mass immigration from Finland to the United States, as well as a migration from the mining locations in the Upper Peninsula to more rural locations.[2] The homestead is relatively intact and unaltered from its appearance in the 1920s.[3] It is significant because it represents an agricultural way of life in the late 19th century, and the transfer of a northern European Finnish folk-architectural tradition to the American frontier.[2]

The farm has been restored to its appearance in the 1920s, and is open to visitors.[3] The farm is staffed from Memorial Day through Labor Day on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4pm; at other times self-guided tours are available.[3]


The Hanka farm covers 40 acres (160,000 m2) and includes eleven buildings as well a related landscape features.[2] The buildings are constructed of hewn logs, built by members of the Hanka family.[2] The buildings include a farmhouse, hay barn, and sauna, all from c. 1896, and well as a woodshed, outhouse, stable (c. 1914), root cellar (c. 1902), indrive (c. 1902), blacksmith shop, cattle barn (1910), and milkhouse.[2] The farmhouse includes a later addition from before 1915.[2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Hanka, Herman and Anna, Farm from the state of Michigan Historical Sites Online, retrieved 10/10/2009
  3. ^ a b c Hanka Homestead from Hunts' Guide to Michigan's UPPER PENINSULA, retrieved 10/10/2009