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.
The Village Chapel
A new book about Meridian Township by Jane M. Rose, Executive Director, containing images from the archives of the Friends of Historic Meridian. Available for purchase in the General Store and at Schuler Books in Okemos, MI.
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.
BIG History Lessons Students, teachers, and parents use the Village as their classroom for up to a week. Extending the traditional field trip to a multiple day interdisciplinary study trip, this experience includes unique student activities, investigations, extended tours and presentations by community experts. Teachers and parents are actively involved in the planning, teaching and learning process. Email us for more information and pricing structure.
For more detail about all of our school tours, please visit our School Tours page. To get your best choice of dates, 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. BIG History Lessons require a minimum of 4 weeks notice.
The Village buildings are open to the public every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm until October 31. Start your tour at the General Store (the red brick building). Admission is free, although a donation is always appreciated!
The Village is located in a public park, and the general public is invited to enjoy the Village grounds during the week. Please note however that during the academic year, and especially during the spring and fall, the Village buildings are reserved for touring school groups, and 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 us 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 (the red brick building), and is open during the academic year on Tuesday, Wednesday and 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.