The Wolverine State is full of natural and man-made marvels and has been the birthplace of countless historical sites. Today we are focusing on the rich history in West Michigan spanning from before the creation of America to the age of the automobile. Read today’s blog for more information about five historic sites in Western Michigan that encompass the breadth of the area’s rich story.
So, hop in the car and head over to historic West Michigan for loads of fun activities and great scenery! Before you go, request our free Vacation Guide for local tips and trip ideas in every region of the state!
5 of the Most Interesting Historical Attractions in West Michigan
Gilmore Car Museum
Learn more about classic American automobiles from the state that brought you iconic muscle such as the Ford Mustang. The Gilmore Car Museum is home to rotating exhibits, car shows, and a 1941-era diner to turn the nostalgia up to the max. Hours change seasonally and several outdoor attractions such as the Motorcycle Gallery close during the Winter season so be sure to look online before you plan your trip.
The Holland Museum tells the rich history of the indigenous peoples of the area. The Odawa, Potawatomi, and Peoria Nations work with the Holland Museum to tell the story of their cultural traditions and practices surrounding Lake Macatawa. The museum rotates exhibits and admission is very affordable for admirers of the history of indigenous people groups.
Krasl Art Center
For art lovers, the Krasl Art Center is a must-stop while in West Michigan. Found in St. Joseph, the Art Center has been inspiring locals through appreciation of arts since 1979. The center is the permanent home of 41 sculptures and hosts public galleries, art-making studios, and rotating exhibits.
The Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum
The home of, “The Father of Modern Horticulture,” The Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum is a National Historic Site for lovers of all things related to gardening. Dr. Liberty Hyde Bailey is memorialized here and patrons are able to learn more about his life, his work, and his impact on modern horticulture by visiting this South Haven historical site.
Historic White Pine Village
Open from May to October, the Historic White Pine Village is a 19th-century living pioneer village. Complete with a steam locomotive, the original 1849 Mason County Courthouse, and thousands of authentic artifacts, transport yourself back in time when you visit this attraction.
Stay at a Freshwater Vacations Rental in West Michigan
Our West Michigan cabin rentals keep you close to all of the historical attractions in the area while staying locally. Enjoy a homage to frequent Michigan guest Ernest Hemingway at Hemingway’s Hideaway or say hello to Mr. Sandman at Dream Catcher Log Cabin.
Start planning your trip to the Wolverine State today by booking one of our properties. We look forward to welcoming you to the Freshwater Vacation Rentals family.