Laketown TWP. —Self-guided his tours are now available on select Sundays at the historic Felt Mansion in Laketown Township.
According to a news release, there will be three self-guided tours on Sundays at 6597 138th Ave. this summer.
The first date is Sunday, June 18th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Prices are the same as weekday tours, $15 for adults. $12 for students and seniors. Children 12 and under are free. Please arrive by 3pm for the tour.
Other special tour dates are July 16th and August 20th. Regular self-guided tours are Monday through Wednesday.
The self-guided tour of Felt Mansion takes approximately 1 hour. Guests are guided by a booklet detailing the architecture and history of the mansion. The Felt Mansion is barrier-free only on his ground floor. Visitors must be able to navigate the stairs to see the upper floors. Alternative virtual/video tours are available for visitors with mobility issues.
The tour also includes the documentary “The Man and His Mansion” at no additional cost. If you choose to watch the documentary, please request it after you arrive on the tour. Staff can arrange separate tours for groups wishing to see the grounds of Feldt’s estate, including the carriage house and chapel.
Felt Estate hosts weddings and other events every weekend during the summer. Felt Operations Director Patti Meyer said the estate wants to do something different this year.
“Previously, our weekends were filled with private events and we didn’t have time to do weekend tours at all,” Meyer said. “That’s why not many people were able to visit. So this year we set off on a tour once a month on a Sunday afternoon.”
A special guided tour is scheduled for Sunday, September 10th at 2pm. This will be Mayer’s final public guided tour, as he retires in October after more than 20 years as director. Beer, wine and snacks will be featured at the event. Question-and-answer session. and door prizes. Entry is $40 and tickets are available online at eventbrite.com as the event “The Last Hurray – Patty’s Final Tour”.
The Felt Mansion was built in 1925 by Door Felt, inventor of the comptometer, the basic adder. After his death, St. Augustine Seminary purchased the land for a school. In the 1970s, the state purchased land for prisons. Laketown Township purchased the property in the 1990s after the prison and Michigan State Police station on the mansion closed.
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According to the release, self-guided tours are subject to change due to staff shortages and private events. The Felt Mansion calendar is available online at feltmansion.org/tours.
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