A Day at the Manor

Former estate to cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg and his wife, Dr. Carrie Staines Kellogg, the Manor House and its gardens offer grand tranquility in a picturesque lakeside setting.
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Kellogg Manor Front View
Photography Courtesy of W.K. Kellogg Manor House/Michael Terri Studios

Built in 1925-1926 on the highest point overlooking Gull Lake, the W.K. Kellogg Manor House near Battle Creek and Kalamazoo is one of the most stately homes in Southwest Michigan. The 32-acre site — with its caretaker’s cottage, boathouse, authentic Dutch windmill, lakeside pagoda, carriage house and a greenhouse with a potting shed — is surrounded by expansive gardens where special events are held during the warm-weather months.

The Kelloggs commissioned the Grand Rapids firm of Benjamin and Benjamin to design their Tudor-style house on 32 acres of eroded cornfield.

On April 26, a “Garden Education Day” provides lectures and workshops with tips on how to design and craft various garden elements. On May 20, a “Garden Tea” serves up high tea, a garden themed program and a guided tour.

W.K. Kellogg Manor House Gardens
Photography Courtesy of W.K. Kellogg Manor House/Michael Terri Studios

Visit kbs.msu.edu/visit/manor-house for more details and other events.

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