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Kingfisher Cottage

Name : Kingfisher Cottage

Location : North Hill

Built in : 1928

Origin of its name

  • Named after belted kingfishers in the area that were adored by my grandmother, Ethyl Kingsland.
  • It was similar to the Kingsland name
  • Since several years, the cottage has been painted Kingfisher blue

Special attributes

  • Dutch colonial architecture
  • View of Lake Michigan from every room in the cottage
  • Wonderful Dutch door built between the kitchen and the downstairs hallway
  • Embellished with antiques

Historical events

  • Around 1970, a sea wall was built in front of the cottage (now the sidewalk in front of cottage) to prevent the water of Lake Michigan from entering it. The wall was constructed at the time, when there was no beach in front of the cottage for several years.
  • A cat room was built upstairs between the front of two bedrooms. The room was used by my grandmother Kingsland to keep a couple of her favorite 99 Persian cats and sometimes her parrot.
  • The children and grandchildren of our family were good at playing musical instruments and produced melodious tunes with their violins and pump organ.
  • Since 1990, the grandchildren have been organizing talent shows every year.

Cottage related family name : Kingfisher

Generations in cottage so far : Five

Family established cottage in: 1928

In 1928, my grandfather and grandmother, Lawrence and Ethyl Kingsland (coming from St. Louis), built the cottage after the big fire.

Name : Family traditions

  • Since the past 68 years, my grandmother has been coming to the cottage each year during the summers, while my grandfather has been visiting the cottage for the past 51 years.
  • The four children, their four spouses, and 13 grandchildren have spent every summer of their lives visiting the cottage.
  • It is thrilling, warmly and exciting to be together as a family and be a part of the family music concerts, and all kinds of beach activities like soccer games, volleyball games, treasure hunts, running up and down sand dunes, watching the sunset, and flying kites.
  • Our family has had a traditional talent show presented by the 13 grandchildren for many years.
  • Countless walks to the Lighthouse and to Castle Park along the beach has always a part of the big memorable moments.
  • Family traditions included lots and lots of board games every night lasting till the midnight. We always cherished playing in the kitchen to avoid waking anyone up, among the younger members of the family.
  • Trips to the Farmer’s Market, Saugatuck and Teusink’s Pony Farm annually for over 40 years

Name : Family Memories & stories

See above and videotape.

I also remember my grandmother bringing a bowl of fresh peaches and cream to me every night before I went to bed in the middle bedroom upstairs, where I could watch the lighthouse and dark skies with many stars when I was 6 to about 10 years old.

My grandfather and Dr. William VerMeulen living next door, often went fishing in my grandfather’s small boat, the “Lone Star.” My grandfather was U.S. Patent Commissioner when Truman was President, and Dr. VerMeulen was “Mr. Republican” of Grand Rapids. They fished and argued seriously about politics, but were always respectful of each other and always remained close friends!

Important story about the Kingfisher cottage and how it has been transferred to the next generations: My grandfather Kingsland died in 1970 and left the cottage to his 11 grandchildren in a generation-skipping trust. When my father (the youngest of 3 children) died in 2000, the cottage had been made into an LLC, and the last of the shares were distributed to the grandchildren. This has worked beautifully to keep the cottage within the family and yet shared by so many. Having family members as shareholders rather than owners of real estate interests allows those who want to opt out of ownership, with ease.

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Macatawa Freeze Pictures

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Macatawa Granny and Bob and Betty Kingsland

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