Here’s a fun one!
Two huge barrels make up this unique and much-loved landmark that has been restored and opened back up as a museum. The house was built for William Donahey creator of the Teenie Weenie comic cartoon feature by a grocery distributor grateful for the attention that the Teenie Weenies brought to its advertisements and products.
Originally this unusual structure was located in the woods outside of the small town of Grand Marias, functioning as a summer cottage for the Donaheys. The smaller barrel at the back was the kitchen, and the main “barrel” had two stories for living area and bedroom. It was eventually moved into Grand Marias to its current location on the corner of main street and H-58.
The photographer has a bunch of great historical shots of this. You can view a few shots of the interior at The Pickle Barrel House restoration (also see Then & Now) and learn more about the Teenie Weenies from the Wisconsin Historical Society.
More Michigan Historic Homes on Absolute Michigan.