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Stone Quarry Cottage Restoration, MI

July 14 - July 19



Start: July 14
End: July 19
Cost: Free
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Stone Quarry Cottage, MI
Duck Lake Rd
Munising, MI 49862 United States
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Discover the charm of Northern Michigan’s remote Grand Island and be part of a select group dedicated to restoring one of its oldest cottages!




CREW LEADER: Marissa Hoffman!

Project Site Description & History:

The Stone Quarry Cottage in Michigan is one of the oldest standing structures on Grand Island with historical evidence indicating that the cabin was built between 1845 and 1860 and used primarily as a home. By the turn of the century, the cabin became used as temporary shelter by transient residents, such as tourists and stone cutters. After Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company purchased Grand Island in 1900, Stone Quarry Cabin was converted into a resort rental unit.

In recent years, volunteer efforts have played a crucial role in preserving the Stone Quarry Cottage and its surrounding landscape. Local history enthusiasts, conservation groups, and community volunteers have come together to maintain the site, ensuring that its historical and natural significance is not lost to time.

These efforts have included restoring the cottage, organizing educational tours, and promoting the area as a place of historical and ecological importance. Through these activities, volunteers have helped to bridge the past and present, ensuring that the cottage and its history remain a vibrant part of Michigan’s cultural landscape, while honoring the area’s Native American roots and fostering a deeper understanding of the region’s history.

Scope of Work

HistoriCorps is committed to educating and training volunteers in preservation skills, with an overarching mission of inspiring a preservation ethic in all those involved. Learning and working alongside expert HistoriCorps field staff, volunteers and applying the traditional skills necessary to restore the Stone Quarry Cottage:

  • Replace cedar roofing.
  • Make select log repairs with in-kind material.

Please note: Tasks vary by day and by week, depending on a variety of factors including: weather, project priorities, previous groups’ work, and more. Though it is likely you will get to learn and practice most or all of the above tasks, it is not guaranteed. The higher percentage of the scope a particular task is, the more likely you will get to practice it.


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