Library program focuses on Hackley, Hume site.

March 19, 2018

Library program focuses on Hackley, Hume site.


HESPERIA — The Hesperia Community Library is hosting a program by by Erin Schmitz Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. that will focus on the lumbering era and the restoration of the Hackley and Hume Historic Site.

This is a program sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The lumbering industry was key to West Michigan in the late 1800s. The Muskegon area was especially influenced by philanthropists Charles H. Hackley and Thomas Hume. Hackley hired David S. Hopkins of Grand Rapids to design and build the Hackley House and the Hume Home, the magnificent houses for Hackley and his partner Thomas Hume.

The construction took place between 1887 and 1889. Structurally restored to its 1890s appearance, the Hackley House is a unique example of Victorian architecture and late nineteenth century interior decorative arts. The Hume House is filled with spacious living areas and nine bedrooms decorated with simple patterns, the house was designed for comfort and a large family. The family expanded the house creating a beautiful library, a large dining room with geometric tile flooring, and a sleeping porch off a second floor bedroom. The exterior of the Hume House exhibits its original 14-tone restored color scheme.




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