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303 N. Port Crescent Avenue

 This 1902 Dutch colonial home was built by Wallace E. Allen, the town’s longest serving mayor.  The home was owned by only one family and is nearly unchanged from its original configuration.  Many of the homes original features are still as they were in 1902.  The home is furnished with period antiques throughout. 

Events in Bad Axe City history are exhibited throughout the Allen House. Several displays include those of Bad Axe resident and Michigan's 29th Governor, Albert Edson Sleeper, and, United States President Richard M. Nixon's last official public appearance in Bad Axe on April 10, 1974


A collage commemorating

President Nixon's trip to

Bad Axe in 1974

The Lady's Room contains many items pertaining to the handiwork and hobbies used by women in the early 20th century. Here the ladies would be dressing for an evening at the Bad Axe Opera House.
The front parlor was a formal room. On the mantle are the actual vases and clock used by the owner of the Allen House, Thelma Allen. Included are uniforms and musical instruments from the Sherman-Elvin American Legion Post #96. Many military uniforms and items from WW1 and WW2 are also on view.
From the Governor Sleeper Exhibit.
More from the Governor Sleeper exhibit.
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