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 six free public lectures per year. For a complete list of events at the Meridian Historical Village, please visit our 2015 Events page.
Spring School Tours
Village Sampler: Experience a sampling of 19th century life with visits to our one room school, farmhouse and either the tollgate house, general store, or log cabin. $3/participant, teachers are free.
School Combination: Students experience a morning in the school in this teacher conducted program. McGuffey’s Readers, slates, and teacher’s manuals are provided. Visit two Village buildings after lunch. $4/participant, teachers are free. Chores and additional buildings can be added for an additional $1/participant/building/chore.
For more detail, please visit our School Tours page. To get your best choice of dates for this spring, email or call us today! Teachers: to allow us enough time to obtain the best docents for your visit, please book your tour a minimum of two weeks in advance.
The Village buildings are open to the public every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm from May through the end of October. The buildings will reopen for the 2015 season on Saturday, May 2, 2015.
The Village office is located in the General Store (the red brick building), and is open during the academic year on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm.
If local school districts are closed due to weather, our office will also be closed. Please note if you are unable to reach us by phone, our staff is always reachable by email.
Save the Date!
~A Pioneer History~
Saturday, September 19, 2015 , 10 am - 3 pm
Sponsored by the Friends of Historic Meridian and the Meridian Township Parks and Recreation Department
Free family-friendly event celebrating our pioneering spirit. We are looking for experts to demonstrate 19th century skills, share living history vignettes, or exhibit information on history. Fee for vendors; can be waived for demonstrators. Call Village office at 517.347.300 for more information and to register to participate in the festival.
The Village Chapel