Ernest Hemingway Cottage ("Windemere")

Windemere

SIGNIFICANCE

Windemere is a one-story, frame structure that was built as a summer cottage by Ernest Hemingway's father in 1904. The cottage is nestled among hardwood trees on the shore of the nearby lake. Once located in a remote area of Resort Township, the cottage is now among large, year-round houses.

Ernest Hemingway spent most of his summers until age 21 at Windemere, his family's cottage on Walloon Lake. It was here he first developed his interest in outdoor activities like hunting and fishing, which played an important role in his fiction. Hemingway's time in northern Michigan inspired many of his short stories, including "The Three Day Blow," "The End of Something," and "The Big Two-Hearted River."

DESIGNATION AND DESIGNATION DATE(S)

  • 1968, National Historic Landmark
  • 1968, National Register of Historic Places
  • 1975, State Register of Historic Sites

ARCHITECT, BUILDER, OR DESIGNER(S)

  • Clarence Hemingway

SIGNIFICANT DATES

  • 1899, cottage constructed

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