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 in the Off Season
The Village is located in Central Park, a Meridian Township park at 5151 Marsh Road, Okemos MI 48864.
The public is welcome to enjoy the Village grounds and surrounding trails any time of year, however our buildings are currently closed to the public during the winter months. The buildings will reopen to the public on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Please visit our Contact Us page for additional information about visiting the Village.
The Village hosts almost 2500 schoolchildren annually on weekdays during the school year. Our busiest months are between September-November and March - June. We ask that the public refrain from entering unlocked buildings while school tours are being conducted at the Village during the week.
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. Our office is located in the single story wing of the Barnes House, and we are open during the academic year on Tuesday-Thursdays from 9 am to 2 pm.
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.
Check our calendar for available dates, then email or call us today to book your school tour! 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.
The Village Chapel
Our beautiful 19th century inspired chapel is available for rent for up to 100 guests for small weddings, musical programs, memorials, and other public events. For rental details, and answers to many frequently asked questions about the Chapel, please visit our Weddings page.
Join Our Docent Team
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? We are always looking for new docents for our school groups and annual events. No experience is required! Training is provided for anyone interested in Village tours or events.
School tour season runs March - 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!