Gratiot County Historical Museum
The Gratiot County Area Historical Museum at 129 W Center St. in Ithaca was established in 1987. Located in a substantial red brick Victorian house built in 1881, the museum building is on the State Register of Historic Places. The main building is a large two story red brick house built in 1881 and a wooden barn which served as a carriage and horse stable during the last part of the 1800s and early 1900s. A fine collection of furniture reflecting styles of the 19th and 20th centuries has been donated by the public.
The museum house collections include artifacts largely from the 1850s through the 1950s. Furniture, ceramics, glass, china, kitchen ware, clothing, needlework, photographs and postcards which reflect the life of the early settlers are displayed as time and space permit. We also have a collection of antique quilts that will be highlighted with the reopening in May 2013.
The small barn is filled with many small farm implements and tools. Also included is a closed buggy and an open farm wagon.
There is no admission fee to visit the museum but donations are very welcome as they are needed for the continued support of the museum.
The museum will be opening Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 1:00 to 5:00. Featured will be antique quilts, old sewing machines and sewing related items, and the grand opening of one of the upstairs bedrooms. The store will feature items from businesses of the past.
Summer hours are Wednesdays from 1:00pm to 4:00pm and one Saturday per month. Special visits may be arranged by calling Linda at 989.875.4747 or John at 989.463.5896.