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Tour Southeastern MI's Preserved History at Troy Historic Village

By Kelly Church

A compilation of 19th and 20th century buildings and memorabilia, Troy Historic Village celebrates southeast Michigan's history by preserving artifacts of importance to the area's heritage. Guests can tour historic homes, a general store, school, wagon shop, church, print shop, log cabin and more.

The Troy Historical Society guided the development of the Troy Historic Village to preserve historical pieces of the city. From 1968 to 2011, the property morphed into what is now the Troy Historic Village.

"The Troy Historical Village provides a charming environment where guests can step back in time and enjoy history at an easy pace," Loraine Campbell, Executive Director of Troy Historic Village, says. "Because the entire village sits on only five [acres], it is Village Green families with young children, guests with physical challenges and elderly visitors can tour the village. Large trees, picnic tables, benches and flower gardens provide inviting places to sit, rest and enjoy a picnic lunch." 

The buildings in the Troy Historical Village are fully restored and furnished, according to Campbell. Cost of admission is affordable for those with families, too. Admission rates are $5 for adults, $3 children and seniors. Children under six years old are admitted for free. Throughout the month, there are free and affordable events for the community.

Many of these events are educational, and the Village was even voted the best education program or tour in the region in 2016. Every year, 13,000 students, teachers and parents come to the Troy Historical Village for field trips that align with school curriculums. Outside of school, events for families include Monthly Teas at Two, Constitution Cafe, Cheddar's Story Hour for Preschoolers, Scout Programs, blacksmith classes and House of Worship tours. 

The Troy Historical Society maintains a respectful partnership with the city. While the land, buildings, and collections still belong to the city of Troy, the Troy Historical Society continues to manage the village. They have been a nonprofit corporation since 1966.

As a result of the 2008 recession the city decided to close the Village and the Troy Historical Society stepped forwarded and negotiated a mutually agreeable contract to manage the facility. The Troy Historical Society now employs a full staff, expanded the mission of Troy Historic Village and is responsible for all happenings on the property.

The organization does, however, rely on members, volunteers and donations to keep the Village a pleasant experience for the community. Anyone can become a member, called a Villager, and receive free admission to the Village, discounts on programs and at the village store, newsletters and members only tours. Volunteers help work behind the scenes and improve community outreach. There are volunteer opportunities spanning many different categories, including social media, artifact preservation and working events.

Donations can also be made, in more ways than one. Troy Historic Village accepts monetary donations, but also accepts donations by shopping at Kroger, on Amazon and through Thrivent Choice. When enrolled, every time a Kroger Plus Card member shops at a Kroger location, Troy Historic Village earns money. Additionally, through AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of an eligible purchase to Troy Historical Society. Through Thrivent Choice, the Village is able to receive grant dollars from eligible members.

To get involved with Troy Historic Village or plan your trip, visit www.troyhistoricvillage.org.

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