In 1832, he and his family moved to what would become Cass County. He built a log cabin and in the next year was awarded 400 acres of land. He became township supervisor, then Cass County delegate to the state constitutional convention, and then served a term as a state representative from Cass and Van Buren counties.
George inherited his father's property and became the area's largest landowner (he had already owned 180 acres before his father's death). George followed his father's footsteps, serving as township supervisor and as a state representative. He built the house in 1865 and his son had a two-story addition built in 1868.
The house remained in the family until 1930, at which point it was bought by a man named Fred Russ. Russ donated the property, which contained hundreds of acres of old-growth trees, to Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) as a forest preserve. The University leased the house and a few acres to the Cass County Historical Society in 1974.