Worthenbury Country House
In the mid-1960’s, Ira and Katherine Salisbury went in search of property in Michigan. Living in the suburbs of Chicago, they wanted to move to the country, do something with their hands, and leave the hustle and bustle of city living. They were among the first of a caravan of “Chicago people” to come to live in this beautiful country side. The first farm they purchased in 1966 was later sold to the Moersch family to establish the Round Barn Winery. A second farm was purchased in 1969. Their total acreage stood at nearly 60.
In it’s prime, the farm included dozens of varieties of grapes, peaches, asparagus, black raspberries, and apples. The Salisbury’s were among the first to plant French hybrids and vinifera in the area. Most of the produce was sold to people who came to “U-pick.” There were 60 honeybee hives; they sold all the honey at their U-pick. Finally, there was wine maker’s shop, where the Salisbury’s sold barrels, jugs and other materials to people to make their own wine.
Over time, the elder Salisbury’s reduced their acreage, and eliminated the farming operation. After his parents passed, son Steve converted the homestead into a vacation rental, today known as Worthenbury Country House. Like his parents, he saw how people might enjoy time in the country and he wanted to share this gift.
Worthenbury was built as a family farmhouse in 1916. Now as a guest house, it boasts three queen bedrooms, two living areas and a fully equipped kitchen. Outside there is a year-round hot tub, and two old porches from which you can soak in the beauty of the surrounding vineyards and fields. The house has been extensively remodeled multiple times, with the latest revisions in 2017.
Worthenbury Country House. Your place in the country.