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 at 5151 Marsh Road, Okemos MI 48864, in Central Park, a Meridian Township park. The public is welcome to enjoy the Village grounds and surrounding trails all year long.
Our buildings are open to the public every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. Start your tour at the Heathman-Herre House (otherwise known as the William Kimball General Store, the red brick building).
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 Village Docent
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 are very flexible, and we are happy to work around your schedule! For more information about becoming a docent at the Village, please contact us today.
The Village Chapel
Our beautiful 19th century inspired chapel is available for rent for up to 100 guests for weddings, musical programs, memorials, and other public events. For rental details, please visit our Weddings page. Have a quick question about booking a wedding at the Village? Check out our FAQ page for answers to the most commonly asked questions about the chapel .
Village Sampler (3 buildings): 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.
School Combination:Students experience a morning in the school in this teacher conducted program, then visit two or more buildings after lunch. McGuffey’s Readers, slates and teacher’s manuals are provided.
BIG History Lessons: Students, teachers, and parents use the Village as their classroom for up to a week.
For the best choice of dates in 2016, please email or call us today! Teachers ~ to allow us enough time to obtain the best docents for your visit, please book your school visit a minimum of two weeks in advance. BIG History Lessons require a minimum of 4 weeks notice.
For additional information about our school programs, please visit our School Tours page.