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Cody Farm -Pittsfield Township, Michigan
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member GT.US
N 42° 12.012 W 083° 44.240
17T E 274004 N 4675632
Quick Description: The Cody Farm is located at 670 Textile Road in Pittsfield Township.
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 11/5/2008 2:02:03 PM
Waymark Code: WM53JD
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Pahaska_1
Views: 15

Long Description:
The e-washtenaw website at (visit link) , tells us:
"The Cody Farm was designated as a Michigan Centennial Farm in 1989. It is located on a tract purchased by the Cody family in 1836. The wood Greek Revival house is a side gabled structure with a highly detailed Italianate porch. The house and farm buildings remain largely unchanged.

The owners were relatives of Buffalo Bill Cody, and tradition holds that he stayed at the farm when his Wild West exhibition passed through the area."

Another website (visit link) relates personal anecdotes:

History of the Cody Farm

John Cody, a native New Yorker, came from Oswego County, NY to Pittsfield Township in 1833, several years after the death of his wife. He bought a farm in sections twenty and twenty-one from Abel Scott, which Scott had purchased from the federal government. This farm remained in the possession of the Cody family for many years.

David Cody, who was a boy of eight when the family came to Michigan, married Maria Hurd, also a native of New York. She died in 1869. A few years later he married Louise Norgate, who was born in Michigan, and who was the daughter of Stephen and Letita Norgate, immigrants from England. David and Louise had two children, William Norgate Cody and Mary. William married Katherine Burkhardt whose family came from Germany. Their children were Charles, Grant and Catherine. Catherine Cody Knicely made her home at 670 Textile, the old family home, and was the last Cody to live there.

Warren Rentschler recalls his father telling the following story: “When I worked on the farm with my dad, I remember him telling about Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody) coming to Ann Arbor with his Wild West Show. His cousin lived on and owned what is known as the Cody Farm on Textile Road. While he (Buffalo Bill) was in Ann Arbor, he decided to visit his cousin. He mounted his large white horse and rode across the fields jumping the fences as he went.

“I talked to Neil Bohnett and he remembers his Uncle Marion telling him that he went to the Buffalo Bill Show, located at the Washtenaw County Fair Grounds, at the age of seven. That would have been about one hundred years ago.”

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