Our restoration story began long ago when Pat Hoezee Meyer and her husband Dean were hiking in the park and stumbled – quite literally – across the Felt Mansion. She headed up the community project and the rest, as they say, is history. We have come a long way in the restoration of the Felt Mansion since then, but of course, we continue to make improvements over time.
Today, volunteers from Laketown Township and surrounding communities are restoring the mansion and grounds to their 1920’s splendor. It is the vision of the Township and volunteers to return the structure and grounds to their original splendor so the public can appreciate its beauty while learning more about our local history, and the era when a great effort was put to the task of building fine homes.
The restoration is a unique community project, in some ways as impressive as the mansion itself, involving many individual, student, group, and corporate volunteers. Our goal is to restore the Georgian mansion and surrounding grounds, using the target year of 1929 as our target year for restoration — the year the estate was most complete under the ownership and operation of Dorr Felt himself.
Here are some of the improvements we have accomplished and others we hope to start in the near future:
Heating System Upgrades
Barrier-Free Access (Elevator)
Water feature updates
Update Shore Acres Farm buildings
We need help to keep the restoration project going. By donating, you can become a Friend of the Felt Estate. The Friends of the Felt Estate provide leadership, education, and advocacy for preservation and green initiatives to a network of people, organizations and local communities
Felt Mansion’s restoration has come a long way since it was rediscovered years ago, and the process continues to this day. The goal is to restore the Georgian mansion and surrounding grounds, to its original grandeur with the target year of 1929, the year the estate was most complete and under the ownership of Dorr Felt himself. Enjoy a fascinating reflection of Felt Mansion’s History.