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 Events page.
Spring Lecture Series Begins
Please join the Friends for an afternoon meeting in the Village Chapel ~ the first of our 2014 Spring Lecture Series and monthly meetings on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 3 pm. Long time member Bobbie DuByne will share her personal collection of historical political campaign buttons, some of which date back to 1896! General public is invited and admission is free. Refreshments will be served in the Barnes House immediately following the meeting.
The Village buildings are currently closed for the season. Beginning Saturday, May 3, 2014 and continuing through October 25, 2014, the buildings will be open to the public every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.
The Village office is located in the General Store (the red brick building), and is open during the week Tuesday - Thursday, from 9 am to 2 pm.
Please be aware, however, that our office does not have a furnace and space heaters are our only source of heat. On very cold days the office may close early and staff members will work offsite. Please call us at 347-7300 before dropping by to see us!
If you need to meet with or get in touch with a staff member at any time, please contact us by email, and we will do our best to get back with you as quickly as possible.
We appreciate your patience during this very long Michigan winter!
Teachers: Book Your 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 details, 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.
The Village Chapel
Our 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.