Cobblestone Farm Spring Fling
Other volunteers dressed in period clothing led tours through the beautifully appointed farmhouse, sharing the oral histories of the Maynards, Ticknors, Booths, and Campbells who once lived here. Dr. Benajah Ticknor, who built the original cobblestone farmhouse in 1835, was a naval surgeon. His brother, Heman Ticknor, was a farmer and political leader. The building was extensively renovated by the Booths, who raised thoroughbred horses--which they raced at the old county fairgrounds in what is now Burns Park. (Traces of the racetrack survive in a ring of trees--see p. 35 of the April Observer--and the building that is now the Burns Park Senior Center.) William Campbell was a Scottish immigrant, and his descendants lived in the house for three generations. If you look carefully at the photo of the Campbell great-granddaughter who finally sold the farmhouse to the city of Ann Arbor in 1972, you can also see the tracks of the interurban, a streetcar line that once connected Ann Arbor to cities like Ypsilanti, Chelsea, Detroit, and Jackson.
By the time we finished the tour, the sun had come out, and the historic site was bustling with visitors--all, like us, enjoying spring on the farm.
[Originally published in May, 2013.]