Where History is Fun!

Historic White Pine Village

Relive history at the Historic White Pine Village in Ludington. This living-history Village from the late 19th and early 20th century inspires children and adults with its 30 historic exhibits that literally takes you back in time. Walk through the home of Burr Caswell, who offered his dwelling to serve as the original 1849 Mason County Courthouse, now on the State Register of Historic Places. Discover original structures including White Pine Chapel, Pere Marquette Town Hall and Hamlin Lake Cabin. Explore the Artisan Center featuring arts and crafts from the turn of the century like weaving looms, quilting, tatting, crochet and knitted examples on display. Peek into Cole’s General Store, the original log cabin home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clay Cole, and the Jorissen Barn, with displays of agricultural artifacts on several levels inside, and farm machinery from past eras of local farming history outside the barn.

Be sure to visit Mason County Sports Hall of Fame located at Historic White Pine Village to see Mason County’s sports heros honored for their enduring legacy. This newly expanded venue emphasizes the importance of sports and how sports prepares participants to be successful in life “Beyond the game!”

The Pentwater’s Post Office serves as the location for restrooms, and the Gift Shop offers souvenirs including books, locally-made jams and maple syrup products, old-fashioned wood toys, clothing, as well as snacks and nostalgic candy.

All of the buildings have authentic artifacts and archives depicting Michigan’s rich lumbering and agricultural history. Make a stop at the authentic turn of the century steam locomotive with a tender car and flat car loaded with logs making its way toward the Village’s working sawmill.

The beauty of Historic White Pine Village is it’s “early settlers” and first-person interpreters, the wonderful volunteers who serve the museum depicting historical characters and actual people who lived in Mason County. The volunteers interact with visitors and improvise their persona while discussing different artifacts within the Village, their dress, and what it “takes” to live in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

Come to a place where history comes alive!

For information about hours of operation, tours and admission prices visit historicwhitepinevillage.org, Facebook, or call 231-843-4808.

Port of Ludington Maritime Museum

The Port of Ludington Maritime Museum, perfectly located within Ludington’s former U.S. Coast Guard Station is celebrating its fourth anniversary in 2021. The Port of Ludington Maritime Museum was developed to showcase the maritime history of the greater Ludington area and the industries that were created by this significant port along Lake Michigan. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The three-story museum overlooks Lake Michigan’s shoreline, Ludington’s North Pier Light, and the docking site of the historic Ludington car ferry, the S.S. Badger, bringing maritime history to life with digital storytelling, authentic images, artifacts and exciting exhibitions that inspire a deeper appreciation for Michigan’s maritime history.

This season, Port of Ludington Maritime Museum is launching an exciting new exhibit called the Armistice Day Storm of 1940. This exhibit will depict the fateful events leading up to and throughout the extraordinary storm which took place on Lake Michigan.

On Armistice Day, November 11, 1940, three storm fronts collided over the Midwest, creating a massive storm which wreaked havoc throughout the upper Midwest area, which then struck Lake Michigan. What began as an unseasonably warm autumn day quickly took a turn as temperatures dropped more than 40 degrees in a couple of hours. Numbing cold, violent winds, and blinding snow caused destruction across open farmlands, dozens of cities, and on the Lake. The storm sped north along Lake Michigan, damaging dozens of vessels, causing its worst destruction between Big and Little Sable Points off the coast of Ludington. The violent storm proceeded to ground the carferry City of Flint 32 on the beach at Ludington, and also sink three large freighters, the Novadoc, the Anna C. Minch, and the William B. Davock. The Armistice Day Storm, as it became known, took the lives of 154 people, including 64 sailors on Lake Michigan on that fateful day.

This highly immersive exhibit will take visitors back in time to experience the events of the storm through present tense text, powerful music, mood changes, dramatic lighting and color as you learn the dramatic story and its many impacts. The end of the exhibit explores the shipwrecked vessels that sank in the storm and reflects upon the aftermath of lives that were lost.

For information about opening dates, hours of operation, tours and admission prices visit ludingtonmaritimemuseum.org, on Facebook, or call 231-843-4808.

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