the old Disney song lyrics, “when you wish upon a star your dreams come
true”? For Jon and Sally Fogg the
famous lyrics are becoming something tangible in Deerwood, the exclusive lodge
they are building.
Located on 228 acres of wooded land, Deerwood is destined
to become a popular place for those in need of peace and quiet amid hardwood
cloaked hills and a secluded, private 1/2 mile of beach.
The lodge itself will be 8,500 square feet, not counting the full
basement where the centerboard from the “Chandler Wells”, which sunk in 1896
between High and
, will become a bar where guests of the unique, logged bed and breakfast can
receive their beer in iced pewter mugs and eat pizza cooked in an Italian wood
What is going to make Deerwood unique?
The construction is a new style and Ron Wojan, General Contractor, is
over-seeing the job. All the logs
cedar and were cut at Bob Graves mill on
. Mike Crawford, log engineer, is
responsible for the specialized notching and piecing together of each timber.
The logs are cut in half except for the last four feet, which is left
whole. These will be fitted together
and then bolted to the side of the framed building.
The other half of the log will be placed on the inside while all the
electrical will be located in the center. All
the log work is being done off site on Fogg’s Applewood property, a 60 acre
parcel located on the hill at Barney’s
. Mike Crawford is doing all the
notching and numbering of each log so that when it’s transported across the
road to Deerwood it can be reassembled easily.
This is also the place where Jon and Sally plan to make many of the
furnishing for their new venture and mingle the hand-hewn with furnishing from
their home in
. Applewood will become an
equestrian center for the lodge in conjunction with Beth McCafferty of
Unfinished Farms, with horseback riding and buggy rides.
Sally just purchased a matched pair of Clydesdales from
which they will bring over to Beaver in the spring.
In the meantime they are being boarded in Charlevoix.
Buddy Martin and sons blazed a ¾ mile road from the
last winter. The drive back to the
lodge is delightful, with each curve giving the eyes beautiful vistas of the
hills, dunes and hardwoods. Look
carefully and you might see deer, fox, partridge, turkey and whatever critter
happens along. At the present time
you’ll see piles of field stone placed in heaps which will eventually become
one of the four fireplaces in the lodge.
won’t be for everyone, it’s for those with discriminating tastes who prefer
peace and quiet amid woods and lakeshore. There
won’t be the sounds of heavy traffic, just the soft chirp of crickets, tree
frogs, the call of the gulls and bird songs along with the occasional howl of
the coyote. Here’s where you’ll
find a great room with a magnificent view of
while sitting in front of a massive fireplace.
You’ll be able to enjoy reading in a private library with a view of the
woods. There will be five suites to
choose from, each with a private, screened and roofed deck and whirlpools all
. Imagine, if you will, enjoying
your breakfast in the community eating area overlooking one of the most
beautiful of the Great Lakes as the smell of cedar waifs through the window and
gentle breezes carry the sound of the gulls and waves splashing on the shore.
This will be the ultimate vacation, get away spot.
No noise pollution unless you consider bird calls and forest sounds
noise. For those needing time to
themselves, healing space, or simple relaxation at an affordable price, Deerwood
is aiming for a fall 2002 completion date.
Fogg’s property covers about 98% of Barney’s
and according to Jon, they plan on leaving it as a nature preserve.
The only development will be a memorial pavilion on the hill top in
memory of their daughter, Jennifer. Perhaps
the pavilion will make a place to sit and reflect on the beauty of
and its peacefulness, what a fitting tribute to a beautiful girl from her
We’ll keep you updated as work continues on this project
along with photos of the work, so stay tuned.
If you guessed Lynn Anne McDonough Cary, you were right!
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