Free Felt Estate tours on Saturday afternoon

Visit is a great way to spend time over Father’s Day weekend.
The Felt Mansion, 6597 138th Ave.

Enjoy Father’s Day weekend with a “free for all” afternoon at The Felt Mansion from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2024.

This is the second of five free self-guided tours. Mother’s Day was the first and attracted more than 100 visitors.

Enter the mansion, 6597 138th Ave., through the entrance with the pillars. Visitors can also tour the chapel and the Carriage House on the property.

Other free self-guided tours are 1-3 p.m.:

  • Sunday, July 28
  • Sunday, Aug. 11
  • Sunday, Sept. 8

Additional tour times were identified as one of the estate’s priorities based on a community survey last fall.

Extended tours

The mansion is also offering a special extended self-guided tour at regular prices on Labor Day.

On Monday, Sept. 2, from noon to 4 p.m. the estate’s buildings will be open for tours. Admission is purchased at the time of entry. Adults — $10; Seniors (60 years old and up) — $8; Children (8 years old and up) — $5; Children (7 and under) – free.

For more on the tours, visit www.feltmansion.org and sign up for the free mansion newsletter.

The mansion and music

The 25-room Felt Mansion was completed in 1928 by Dorr Felt, inventor of the Comptometer, a basic adding machine.

After Felt’s death, the property was purchased by the St. Augustine Seminary for a school then, in the 1970s, by the State of Michigan to use as a prison. After the prison and Michigan State Police post that was in the mansion closed in the 1990s, Laketown Township purchased the property.

The mansion has been restored to its 1920s grandeur and is now a top destination for weddings and features a summer concert series.

The band Bucket O’ Maybes performs on Thursday, July 27, 2023, at the final Thursdays at the Felt Summer Concert Series at the Carriage House Stage, 6595 138th Ave. in Laketown Township.

Concerts are July 11 — Zion Lion, a reggae band from Kalamazoo; July 18 — The Schrock Bros, a Michigan based Americana/blues ensemble; July 25 — Bernadette Kathryn and the Lonely Days Band, contemporary young country music drawing on Motown and rock and roll; and Aug. 1 — Lighting Matches, an alternative rock band based in Grand Rapids.

Concerts are free.

For concert details, click here.