Henry Dexter Sturtevant

A Little history on the estate…


Henry Dexter was born in the White Lake Area June 9, 1862 and had a public school education. He was a partner in the Chicago firm of  Counselman & Co. a  lucrative stock, bond and grain brokerage firm.

By 1904, Mr Sturtevant was the only surviving member of C and C. It was at that time that he consolidated its business with that of Shearson, Hammil and Co. of New York City, and became the resident partner in Chicago. By 1914, he had become one of the principals in Raymond, Pynchon & Co.

unnamsdfed (1)Henry was actively affiliated with: the Society of Colonial Wars , the Union League , the Chicago Athletic Club & the Mid Day.

He was very well regarded in the Chicago business community and possessed intimate knowledge of brokerage operations, hence was able to purchase this prime bluff top 30 acre property. He had the home and outbuildings built with no expense spared.

He enjoyed golf, horseback riding, “motoring” and spending time with friends and family at his beloved White Lake private estate.


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Large portraits of Sturtevant still line the walls of the White Lake Yacht Club where he served as Commodore for many years. He was instrumental in transforming the club from a few docks, into the beautiful and busy club that continues to be enjoyed by sailing enthusiasts from all over the mid-west.

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Prior to the establishment of the Timbers resort in the early 1950’s, the Dunhams purchased the property from Sturtevant. The gentleman was wheel chair bound, but still wanted to enjoy boating and all the lakefront had to offer.  Ramps and bluffs are not a good combination, so he had a very sturdy steel elevator structure erected and his wife wanted the pool built.

Frank and Helen Smith Purchased the property in 1952, then started and ran the Timber’s Resort until purchased by the current family in 1973 who continued to run it until the late 1980’s. Through the years, it was one of the local resorts families returned to year after year and lasting memories were made. The enormous  30×70, 12 foot deep pool was filled with water from the lake and there was something for everyone: tennis, croquet, shuffleboard, pony rides, campfires and boats ready to launch for a day of fishing.

Time moves on and the current owners are ready to step into another chapter in their lives. The Midwest needs to continue to offer large lakefront resorts for new families to make their own memories and enjoy all White Lake and Lake Michigan have to offer in every season.

Please help in the search for a family or developer interested in helping to preserve this marvelous, one of a kind, White Lake Estate!