The Manchester Area Historical Society is hosting a series of workshops that began on Saturday, October 7th at the historic Sutton/Kolongowski farmhouse, located at 11703 Noggles Road in Manchester Township. The focus of these workshops is to document the history of this property, and the deconstruction of this home as the property prepares for transfer to Legacy Land Conservancy. The remaining workshops have been scheduled for October 21, October 28 and November 4 from 1-3 p.m. at 11703 Noggles Road.
Discover the hidden history of a humble farmhouse in southwest Manchester Township that has come to the end of its road. As the house is deconstructed, we will observe how the original structure of the house was augmented; examine the building methods and materials used over the decades; and tell the stories of the two families who called this place home – all in the context of the unique history and natural resources of the Iron Creek area.
MAHS is partnering with several organizations to present these workshops:
- Ray Berg, Manchester Area Historical Society
- Marian Feinberg, Eastern Michigan University, Preservation Studies M.S. candidate & Halle Library Archives Assistant
- Laura Sutton, great-great granddaughter of Richard Sutton who built the house in 1858
- Sybil Kolon, granddaughter of Louis Kolongowski who updated the house in 1949
- Silas Bialecki, lifelong Iron Creek resident and passionate interpreter of natural resources and local indigenous history.
These workshops will reconstruct our understanding of this house, its occupants, the neighborhood and the landscape where it was built in 1858.
We look forward to having you join us!