Join us in person for an evening of local (family) history of Glen Haven and Empire with direct descendants of the Farrant family.
The early pioneers of the Leelanau Peninsula came from many places and backgrounds. The Farrant family were French Canadians who arrived by 1867, parents and four of their grown sons. Their story began with several of the early log cabins in Kasson Township along Baatz Road. Over time, the Farrants were homesteaders, farmers, sailors, hotel managers—including of the iconic Sleeping Bear Inn—bookkeepers, dock foremen, lumber company foremen, schoolteachers, square dance callers, and early automobile salesmen. Members of the family were active in local governance as Constable, Justice of the Peace, Township Treasurer, and County Road Commissioner. In the diversity of their enterprises and the great changes they experienced over these decades, they were like many others of their time and place. They and their neighbors are now called settlers, but there was nothing settled about them. The new release The Farrants of Glen Haven and Empire: A Story Restored chronicles the family over four generations.