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Ernest Hemingway Cottage

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Built  1900
NRHP Reference #  68000026
Opened  1900
Architect  Grace Hall Hemingway
Designated NHL  November 24, 1968
Added to NRHP  24 November 1968
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Location  Between N shore of Walloon Lake and Lake Grove Rd., Walloon Lake, Michigan
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The Ernest Hemingway Cottage, also known as Windemere, was the boyhood summer home of author Ernest Hemingway, on Walloon Lake in Michigan. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1968.


Ernest Hemingway Cottage A Glimpse of Hemingway Visiting the Windemere Cottage by Mark Alpert


Ernest Hemingway Cottage A Glimpse of Hemingway Visiting the Windemere Cottage by Mark Alpert

In about 1898, Dr. Clarence Hemingway and his wife Grace Hall Hemingway purchased four lots at this site on the shore of Walloon Lake. In 1899, they identified a location to construct a cottage, which Grace designed. In 1900, the couple spent $400 to have this cottage constructed on the site, which they dubbed "Windmere." The family spent summers at the cottage; Ernest Hemingway, born in 1899, spent every summer here from 1900 - 1920, save 1918. In 1904, the added a kitchen, connected to the main house with a breezeway. Later, a smaller "annex" was constructed to provide more bedrooms.

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In 1921, Hemingway and Hadley Richardson honeymooned in the cottage. Hemingway returned to the cottage only once more in his life, in the early 1950s.

Ernest Hemingway Cottage A Glimpse of Hemingway Visiting the Windemere Cottage by Mark Alpert

After his mother died, Hemingway was willed the cottage. Although he did not visit, he retained ownership until his own death in 1961. At his request, Hemingway's widow signed over ownership of the cottage to his younger sister Madelaine, who used it until her own death. It later passed to Hemingway's nephew, Ernie Mainland, who still owned the cottage as of 2015.


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The Ernest Hemingway Cottage is a single story frame structure with a gabled roof and white clapboard siding measuring 20 feet by 40 feet. The main section of the cottage contains the sleeping and living rooms, along with a bathroom and utility closet. A smaller section contains the kitchen; a breezeway, originally screened but now enclosed, connects the two sides. The interior is covered with unpainted clapboard. The kitchen has been modernized.

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A smaller "annex" building, constructed a few years after the main cottage, stands a few yards away. A modern garage is located behind the cottage.

In literature

Hemingway used the northern Michigan setting in a number of his works. This cottage appears "The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife," "Ten Indians," "The Indians Moved Away," "The Last Good Country," and "Wedding Day."

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Ernest Hemingway Cottage Wikipedia

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