The Newton House stands in Fred Russ State Forest northeast of Dowagiac. The house was built in the 1860s, for state legislator George Newton. In 1931, Fred Russ purchased the house and the surrounding 580 acre parcel of timberland. In 1942, he gifted the land to Michigan State University and The University Forestry School used it as part of the Fred Russ Experimental Forest. The house was restored by the Cass County Historical Commission and is now used as a museum.
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