House of David

Yesterday I started out with a T-shirt and around 10 had to put on a sweatshirt. Then at noon I had to put on my jacket. That’s the bummer about having an 80 degree day in April, you know 50 is right around the corner.  I’m not complaining, 50 is fine, 80 is too warm for April.  It’s a weather tease.

Yesterday was the first day all week I didn’t feel gross. The sun was shining and the sky was bright blue. Being cooped up all week meant I needed an adventure. My parents, my sister, and I headed to New Buffalo to the Red Arrow Highway.  It’s a highway along Lake Michigan with lots of shops, galleries, wineries, and fun buildings.

As we were going north we passed a sign that said: the House of David Museum!  I have been looking for this museum for years.  The original settlement was in the city of Benton Harbor, MI, so I didn’t realize the museum was on the outskirts of town.  I first heard of the House of David when my parents were telling me about a bearded baseball team that used to travel around the U.S. I didn’t believe them until I Googled it!  The House of David was founded in 1903 by Benjamin Purnell and is wife Mary. Purnell believed he was the seventh messenger prophesied in the the book of Revelation. 

Purnell preached about celibacy, vegetarianism, and a communal way of life. Male members didn’t cut their hair or shave their beards. Purnell encouraged male members to partake in the he popular pastime of baseball and the House of David baseball team was formed.

There is so much history involved.  The House of David had a zoo and aviary, restaurant, stage, ice cream parlor, running trains, baseball park, and cottages. When Purnell died in 1927 his wife Mary moved 1000 feet down the road and founded a new community that become known as Mary’s City of David.  Mary’s City of David also has a museum.  There are a few members alive from each community but few.

Both of the museum are closed for the season but reopen soon. I know what I’m going to be exploring this summer!

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