I actually live in Kalamazoo...
I actually live in Kalamazoo area, so don't spend much time in GR. I do shop at Klingman's furnitur there. It is a wonderful store for all styles of furniture! Again, I live approx. 45 minutes south of GR, but there is a lake called Gun Lake, between K-zoo and GR which has some fun activities. We went to a working, period Cider Mill, visited the Devil's Soupbowl and ate at Sam's Joint near the lake.
Inside the barn
This is quite similar to the inside of the barn we had on our farm in Michigan. It is a little smaller, perhaps to match the 3/4 scale of the farmhouse. On the side beams many farm implements and tools are displayed.
I can't really remember my father doing this but it seems a natural place to store tools.
Most barns in Michigan have a double wide opening at the top floor and they are open to the bottom part on the opposite side for the cows to come in and out for milking.
Surprising Grand Rapids is Out of this World!
People drop in to see Grand Rapids from all over!
Grand Rapids does have something of a bug problem. My friend Ed was attacked by this enormous stag beetle and had to have head surgery as a result. Fortunately, he's made a good recovery!
Downtown Grand Rapids and the surprisingly wide Grand River, which not far from here does indeed have its own Rapids. In the center city are a number of interesting attractions, particularly the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum and the Van Andel Museum Center.