Last updated: 6/29/2022
Vicksburg, Michigan
Street Address
300 N. Richardson
Vicksburg, MI 49097
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 103
Vicksburg, MI 49097
phone: 269-649-1733
e-mail: info@vicksburghistory.org
web: vicksburghistory.org
Hours
May-October
Sunday, Friday - Saturday11 AM - 5 PM
November-April
Saturday11 AM - 5 PM
Also by appointment.
Admissions
Admission is free. Donations are always welcome.
Free. Donations Accepted.
Services
Gift Shop
Group Tours
Staff
Leah Richard, Museum Administrator and Curato
phone: 269-649-1733
Description

The Vicksburg Historic Village is operated by the Vicksburg Historical Society and the Village of Vicksburg, Michigan. The Historic Village consists of a Caboose and Boxcar, Union Depot Museum, Farmstead, Newspaper Office and Print Shop, Railway Express, Strong School, Township Hall, Village Garage, and a General Store/Sweet Shop.

The Depot Museum, Caboose, Boxcar, Strong School, Township Hall, and Farmstead are historic buildings that have been moved to the historic village. All buildings house artifacts relevant to the approximate time period of 1890 through the 1930's.

Staff and volunteers provide research assistance to visitors and area residents.

The Vicksburg Quilt Trail

The Vicksburg Quilt Trail is a 24 point tour that winds throughout the village and many area farms. It is 45 miles long and can be enjoyed on bike or in a car. The quilt trail covers much of the large Vicksburg school district and is a celebration of the community’s agricultural heritage.

Mission

To preserve, advance and disseminate knowledge of the history of the greater Vicksburg area.

History

The Vicksburg Historical Society was formed in 1967, and received its nonprofit 501c3 status on May 26, 2004. The Society and its extensive collection of artifacts and documents are housed in the original train station built in 1904, and also operates the 1880s period Vicksburg Historic Village. The Depot Museum was opened after extensive renovations on June 2, 1990 and was the first building in what was to become the Vicksburg Historic Village.

The Historic Village was approved by the Vicksburg Planning Commission and the Village of Vicksburg Council in 1995. It has grown from the Depot Museum to include nine other buildings housing artifacts that reflect the period the Village depicts from the 1890s to 1932 when electrification was fully realized in the rural area known as Vicksburg, Michigan.

Artifact Collections

Each building is filled with artifacts relevant to that building. Highlights include a 1931 Model A Ford, 1903 Linotype, and railroad artifacts housed inside a 1909 boxcar.

Research Collections

The Vicksburg Historical Society retains a collection of obituaries dating back to the 1870's, area family history, building history, records and history of one room school houses in South Kalamazoo County, photographs, postcard collections, and Lee Paper Mill Collection.

Educational Programs

The Depot Museum houses rotating exhibits. The historical society also puts on the Speaker Series which runs May-October. It features an area speaker on topics ranging from the Civil War to local history.

Facilities

The Historic Village is home to a gazebo and has a pavilion next door. Both may be reserved through the Village of Vicksburg. Our township hall is large enough to host 15-20 people.

Performance Areas

Publications

The Vicksburg Historical Society provides a newsletter to members. There are also weekly Facebook posts highlighting area history.

ADA

Parking

Restrooms

Services

Tours are available to all.

Tours are available to all. Groups are welcome to schedule tours by calling or filling out a contact form on our website.

Gift Shop

Group Tours

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