Local B&B receives Heritage Home status from Historical Society of MI
Tue, 05/10/2022 - 11:22am caleb
Hanson House of Grayling honored through Michigan Heritage Home program
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The Hanson House in Grayling recently received Heritage Home status from the Historical Society of Michigan, and owners Heather and Paul Crandall are hoping other people in the community may also decide to pursue the honor as Grayling celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2022.
“Grayling has a lot of historic homes in town that could be and should be recognized,” Paul said. “It’s a bit of work, but I think it’s good for the home and the community to recognize our heritage.”
“The Historical Society of Michigan’s Michigan Heritage Home program recognizes our state’s historic domestic architecture. A home must be at least 100 years old to qualify for recognition and its exterior must be substantially original in appearance. Recognition is strictly honorary and does not limit the homeowner from making alterations to the home,” according to the Historical Society of Michigan.
The application asks for a lot of information about the home, including name of the original owner; details about the foundation, exterior walls, and roof; year built; alterations that have been made; historical significance; and architectural classifications. There is also a section that asks if the home was created by a “notable builder” or a “notable architect.”
There is a fee to submit an application.
The Crandalls said they hope people will not “be scared off” by the alteration questions because the Hanson House has had work done over the years and still qualified.
The Crandalls said they had to do a lot of research and paperwork but the process was worth it. They said businesses that are older than 100 years can also apply for heritage milestones through the Historical Society of Michigan.
“Grayling’s got a great history of which we should be very proud,” Paul said.
The Hanson House was built circa 1890 as the residence of Grayling businessman Rasmus Hanson, the Crandalls said, and the Bellknaps started using the home as a bed and breakfast in 1993.
Today, the Crandalls continue the home’s operation as a bed and breakfast.
“Last year was our best year. This year is looking stronger than that,” Paul said.
The Hanson House has four guest rooms, each of which has a private bathroom, according to the Crandalls.
They said there are a few significant differences between hotels and bed and breakfast homes. The Hanson House has large TVs and the internet available for guests similar to most lodging facilities, but it tends to be much quieter than a hotel because there are only a few rooms, the Crandalls said.
Heather said the Hanson House offers a “full candle lit breakfast in the mornings” in a historic dining room.
“Because we’re smaller it’s very quiet here and it’s easy for us to keep it extremely clean,” Paul said. “The amenities you would find in a hotel, we have, plus those other things.”
Heather said sometimes when the Crandalls are traveling they see historic plaques at homes in other communities, and they would like to see more historic recognition for Grayling, expecially with 2022 being the community’s 150th anniversary.
“With this year being the sesquicentennial we felt it was a very appropriate thing to do,” Paul said.