If you’re a total history buff, there’s plenty to explore in and around Detroit. After all, our area is rich with timeless tales, long-standing destinations, and reminders of eras past. While the Motor City itself is home to plenty of history-rich locales, there’s something to be said for venturing out of downtown and exploring a unique area. One historic park in Metro Detroit offers a little something for everyone, so round up your fellow history enthusiasts and prepare to explore.
Westland Historic Village Park is located along North Wayne Road in the community of Westland. This Metro Detroit treasure can be accessed via car from downtown in approximately 30 minutes.
For those who enjoy learning about the local history that makes the Motor City and its neighboring communities so special, this park is a must-see. You’ll truly feel like you’ve stepped into another era.
The park boasts five unique and impressive historic buildings that bring the history of Westland and Nankin Township, Michigan to life. There are also gardens, green space, a windmill, and so much more.
Admission to the park is free, so you can bring along the kids and explore without breaking the bank. If you’d like to schedule a tour, reach out to the park and accompanying museum by visiting their contact page.
So, what will you see when you spend time at Westland Historic Village Park? Many guests are enamored with the Felton Farmhouse, a real 1855 farmhouse that lovingly captures Michigan’s agricultural past.
Check out a beautiful 1850s home known as the Gutherie Octagon House, which demonstrates a bygone home design style. Only a few hundred original “octagon houses” remain standing in the U.S. today.
There’s even an in-park museum dedicated to the history of the nearby Eloise complex, which served as everything from a “poorhouse” to a psychiatric facility throughout the years. Talk about fascinating.
When you’re searching for a charming place to delve into the history of Metro Detroit, this historic park fits the bill. By the time you’re through, you’ll feel like you’ve taken a journey through the generations.
For more information, check out the park’s website. Have you and your family been lucky enough to explore Westland Historic Village Park during previous day trips? What were your favorite attractions within the park? Share your memories with us by leaving a Facebook or recommend another great historic park in Metro Detroit by completing our nomination form.
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