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Warner Mansion

This 1867 Italianate structure was built by P. Dean Warner in Farmington, Michigan. It became the home of his adopted son, Fred M. Warner, who was governor of Michigan from 1905 to 1911. The first to serve three successive terms in that office, Governor Warner introduced much progressive legislation. His heirs deeded the mansion and grounds to the City of Farmington in 1980. Since then it has become a museum furnished in Victorian style and is open to the public through a program of docent-guided tours. Current educational outreach programs tied to the school system are being expanded to make the mansion a community focal point for the teaching of history. Other plans underway for community utilization of the mansion include a fall harvest festival to be held on the grounds. The mansion and its history are documented in text and two videotapes.

Originally submitted by: Joe Knollenberg, Representative (11th District).



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