One of my favorite topics of Michigan Upper Thumb history is the famous German Religious Colony of Ora Labora. This colony was just located north of Bay Port. It operated from 1862 to 1867. It’s a fascinating topic and its one in which I’ve created many posts over the years. Ora Labora was known as “Christian German Agricultural and Benevolent Society of Ora et Labora” (Pray and Work), where it’s parishioners could combine work with prayer, and live according to the Methodist Church Discipline. All that is left of the town is the cemetery and some foundations.

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