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Step into the home of Agatha and Edward Biddle, merchants who moved in around 1830. This was a time of change, and the 1830s were critical to the Biddles for another reason: as an Anishnaabek woman, Agatha and other indigenous people witnessed their culture subjected to immense changes. The decade transformed the Anishnaabek, linking old ways with Michigan’s modern… Read More
The Fords built their home as a place where they could integrate their family's activities and interests with global business responsibilities and concern for the local community. The home, its contents and grounds, along with the legacy left by the Fords, all reflect the important role that design excellence played in the family's lives. Read More
Visitors are invited to tour Ella Sharp's 19th-century Hillside Farmhouse, the Dibble One-Room Schoolhouse, Eli Stilson's Log House and the Merriman-Sharp Tower Barn. Other exhibits down Farm Lane include a woodworking shop, doctor's office, general store and print shop. And the farm's original granary is now Ella's Granary Restaurant. Read More
The Fort St. Joseph Museum is located in the former carriage house of the beautiful Victorian period Chapin Mansion. The museum tells the story of Niles from its colonial start in 1691 to the present. Featured exhibits portray the history of Fort St. Joseph, built by the French in 1691, the story of the Underground Railroad in southern Michigan,… Read More
Glensheen, a historic estate on the shores of Lake Superior, offers a slice of turn-of-the-last-century opulence. Its 1908 collection is intact, completely immersing you in the life of one of Minnesota’s most influential families. Beyond the 39-room mansion, visitors can also explore seven-acres of formal gardens and working vegetable gardens, the tennis court and bowling green, and the carriage… Read More
Take a journey back in time to the turn of the century. Explore the house built in 1902 for Margaret Husband, a bookkeeper for the Jenison twins, Lucius and Luman. Furnished with items owned by Margaret Husband. Displays include medical instruments, a working 5'cash register from the L&L Store and a Morning Glory Talking Machine. Read More
Built in 1926, this 100 room Tudor mansion was the former home of Alfred and Matilda (Dodge) Wilson. Of special interest are the ballroom, antique needlepoint draperies, 24 fireplaces, hand carved paneling in the library and great hall, sculptured ceiling in the dining room, pipe organ and stone entranceway. Read More
Designed by America's most famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Meyer May House was commissioned in 1908 by a prominent Grand Rapids, Mich., clothier. An example of Wright's now-famous Prairie style of architecture, it was restored to its original concept by Steelcase and opened for visitor tours in 1987. The Meyer May House offers the public a rare opportunity… Read More
The 1872 Loop-Harrison House, a restored Victorian home, contains most of its original furnishings. Also on display are medical instruments; antique glassware; marine, military and Indian artifacts. Also on the grounds is the late 19th century Banner Cabin, which is furnished in period. Read More
1880-81 home centered on a 1-acre lot, listed in both the National Register of Historic Places and the Michigan State Register of Historic Sites. Constructed of two-course brick, locally fired, veneered with pink variegated Ionia sandstone,structurally unchanged since it was built. Original woodwork and chandeliers throughout. Read More
A visit to the Farm Museum and tour includes a complex of farm buildings including the restored ten-room Farmhouse dating from 1855. In the Farmhouse kitchen you will be greeted by the delicious smells of Sunday dinner being readied for the dining room table. A docent in every room will be your guide as you tour the house set… Read More
Whaley House was the residence of the Robert J. and Mary McFarlan Whaley from 1885 to 1925. During Mr. Whaley's presidency of Citizens Bank, he issued a $2,000 loan to the Flint Road Cart Company. This loan led to the creation of General Motors in Flint in 1908. Whaley House mission is to educate visitors about the legacy of… Read More