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For over 50 years, Woldumar Nature Center has provided this community the highest caliber of environmental education programs. The center is nestled along the Grand River, just 5 miles west of downtown Lansing on Old Lansing Road. The 178 acre center sits on a portion of a dairy farm once owned by Gladys Olds Anderson, daughter of the automotive pioneer Ransom E. Olds. Over 40,000 children and adults visit Woldumar each year, either participating in programs or enjoying the 5 miles of hiking trails.
Woldumar is restoring and preserving the Sands Moon Log Cabin to 1860 when it was first inhabited. The cabin is the only known historic house of log construction in Eaton County that is being preserved. Two stories high with an attic above the second floor, the cabin is an impressive and well-built structure. The cabin was still occupied when General Motors bought it in 1980. It was moved here from its original location on Canal Road southeast of Mt. Hope Hwy.
Because of the cabin’s State Historical designation, any restoration done must be accurate historically and verifiable to the time period in which the Moons lived in the cabin and proven through writings or photographs.
The garden adjacent to the cabin is planted with herbs that the Moon family might have used to season their foods, dye their cloth, and treat minor illnesses and injuries. Many of the plants are labeled, and you can use the link below for a guide to the herbs you will see growing as you walk through the garden.
History comes alive at Woldumar as you watch blacksmiths work fire and metal to create decorative and functional pieces. The Woldumar blacksmiths work on an authentic coal-fired forge that was originally used in Doc Loren Baker’s blacksmith shop located near Waucousta, Michigan. They are also on hand for many of Woldumar’s special events.
Woldumar – Moon House N42° 41.477′ W84° 37.847′