The Meridian Historical Village is located in picturesque Central Park in Okemos, Michigan, and contains historic buildings relocated from other locations and carefully restored to their original 19th century style. The Village is operated by the Friends of Historic Meridian, a non-profit organization formed in 1974 to create and sustain an active appreciation of local history. The Friends of Historic Meridian preserve and maintain the historic buildings, sponsor community events in the Village, and hold free public lectures. For a complete list of events at the Meridian Historical Village, please visit our Events page.
Visiting the Village
The Village is located in Central Park, a Meridian Township park, and the public is welcome to enjoy the Village grounds and surrounding trails all year long. The Village buildings are open to the public every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm from May through October. The 2016 tour season begins on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Start your tour at the Heathman-Herre House (otherwise known as the William Kimball General Store, the red brick building).
During the academic year, and especially during the spring and fall, access to the Village buildings is reserved during the week for touring school groups, and we ask that the public refrain from entering unlocked buildings while school tours are being conducted at the Village.
To schedule a private tour of the Village, please email or call the Village office at 517-347-7300. Please allow at least 4 days notice for a private Village tour. The Village office is located in the General Store, and is open during the week Tuesday through Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm. Please note if you are unable to reach us by phone, our staff is always reachable by email.
Becoming a Docent at the Village
Do you enjoy working with students grades Kindergarten through 5th grade? How about sharing history with members of the community as they wander back in time at the Village? Please consider joining our fantastic group of docents. We are always looking for new docents for our school groups and annual events. No experience required! Training is provided for anyone interested in the Village tours or events.
School tour season runs March through May, and September- November. Our busiest months are May and October. Docents shifts very flexible, and we are happy to work around your schedule! If you would like to learn more about becoming a docent at the Village, please contact us today.
The Village Chapel