20 May 2011

The Kellogg House in Battle Creek, Michigan

The Kellogg House
One  Monroe Street
Battle Creek, Michigan
(photo taken by Brenda Leyndyke, May 2011)

This month's Battle Creek local history post will be about the Kellogg House.  The Kellogg Foundation, located in Battle Creek, Michigan was in the process of building a new headquarters and decided to buy and move W. K. Kellogg's home to a location on the grounds of their new building.

One Saturday morning in March of 1990, the overhead utility lines were taken down and the house was loaded onto a flat bed truck to be moved from 256 W. Van Buren Street, to its' present location, five blocks away.  The Kellogg House can be found across the river from the Kellogg Foundation headquarters.  Division Avenue, E. Van Buren Street and Capital Avenue borders it, with access from Monroe Street off of E. Van Buren Street, in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Today the completely, renovated  Kellogg House sits in a park-like setting with beautiful trees, flowers and lawn.  The memorial to the Underground Railroad can be found near the Kellogg House. The house isn't open to the public, but you can walk around the well-kept grounds.  It is a popular place for pictures to be taken at.  My son, Travis, and his friends had their Senior Prom pictures taken on the grounds of it.

Pictures of the move can be found on the Willard Library's Photographs from Battle Creek History Houses site.  Scroll down and click on W. K. Kellogg House links.

Update:  July 2015- I have been getting a lot of requests for scheduling the use of the Kellogg House.  I am not the person to contact about that.  I contacted the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and scheduled the use of the house through them.  The house was only available for use to non profit organizations at the time that I scheduled its use.  The contact information for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is 1 Michigan Ave E, Battle Creek, MI 49017 (269) 968-1611

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