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Visiting the Hack House and Museum in Milan   

Offsite Tour: Friend-Hack House Museum, 775 County Street, Milan

A Friend, A Fraud, A Founding Family 
   Visiting the Hack House and Museum in Milan, Michigan

Join us as we tour the beautiful 135-year-old Friend-Hack House Museum in Milan, Michigan, also known as the “House that Sugar Built.” Retired teacher and current president of the Milan Area Historical Society, Anne Farmer will lead us through the house and tell us the story of:

A Friend – the woman who had the house built

A Fraud – the scandalous story of where the construction money came from

A Founding Family – going back to Bethuel Hack, one of the original founders of Milan

This lovely home, built in 1888, is now listed with the National Register of Historic Places. After the house tour, participants will be free to wander the property and go through the outbuildings, including the three-hole outhouse that had a unique flushing system. And, hopefully, the beekeeper will be available to show you the site’s working hive of honeybees, which has a permanent home and display in the aviary building. Driving and parking directions will be sent to all registrants prior to the tour.  


Anne Farmer holds a B.S. degree in elementary education and an M.A. degree in special education. Prior to retirement, she taught in the Milan school system for 26 years. She is a long-time member of the Milan Garden Club, whose members maintain the Hack House gardens. Anne has been active in the Milan Area Historical Society for more than 15 years, and this is her 11th year serving as president.


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