"People are going to be so happy that the Conservancy not only protected the land here at the DeYoung Natural Area, that they saved the whole historic site, which is just amazing, " says Dr. Ted Ligibel, longtime director of Eastern Michigan University's Historic Preservation Program. "This is one of the most important sites in the region, and, in my opinion is as good as it gets. The whole farmstead is intact and the things that are here speak volumes about the early history of both Traverse City and Leelanau County.

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