Pickle Barrel House Museum

As seen in the Historic Michigan Travel Guide


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Museum is as extraordinary as its name and filled with family fun

The Pickle Barrel House in Grand Marais is a barrel-shaped cottage that was built in 1926 as a summer home for author/illustrator William Donahey and his wife, author Mary Dickerson Donahey.

The 16-foot-high, two-story main barrel contains a living area, pantry and bedroom and is attached to an eight-foot-high kitchen barrel. The house, which stood on the shore of Sable Lake until 1937, was moved to its current location and restored to its original condition as a summer cottage of the 1920s.

Many of William Donahey’s personal effects are on display, including his drawing chair where he created a number of his cartoons.

Location: N14252 Lake Ave., Grand Marais, MI 49839

Hours: Jul-Aug Daily 1-4 p.m., Sep: Sat-Sun 1-4 p.m.

Cost: Donations accepted.

Details: Site Info: Free street parking. Not wheelchair accessible. Docent on site.

More information: Call (906) 494-2404 or visit http://historicalsociety.grandmaraismichigan.com.


Historical Society of Michigan 5815 Executive Drive Lansing, MI 48911
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