Minnesota Museum of the Mississippi and other Natural Wonders

Smith's Little Acres - Charlevoix, Michigan

6779 U.S. 31 South, Charlevoix, MI

Little Acres

Clayt Smith's house is on the highway just outside of town, but the entire north country is his home. In younger years he drove a fruit truck far and wide, peddling apples and cherries in upper and lower Michigan. Hunting and fishing trips drew him to far islands of Lake Superior and forgotten rivers of the UP. He has built a little museum of this treasury of local lore on the back of his property, a small cabin filled to the rafters with artwork, maps and sculptures that tell the story of the region and its inhabitants.

Clayton Smith wrote three books with tales of his many adventures entwined with his knowledge of local history. He passed away at age 95 in 2011.

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