Troy historic village Provides a memorable and interactive museum experience for visitors of all ages.
Township Supervisor and history teacher Morris Wattles worked hard to preserve his community’s heritage. He supervised the construction of this Dutch Revival building modeled after a colonial inn in Troy, New York. Many of Troy’s first settlers had traveled the Erie Canal from New York State. Wattles envisioned the Pioneer Room at the west end of the building as space to exhibit local history, and even used old barn beams and a fireplace crane from pioneer Johnson Nile’s inn. The slate roof and the interior woodwork, as well as the frosted glass panels and terrazzo floor are all original. Troy became a city, and Township Hall became City Hall in 1955. Within 10 years Troy was booming and this building was over crowded. City leadership approved a new city hall on Big Beaver Road, and the Troy Historical Society later won approval to use this building as a museum, fulfilling Mr. Wattles’ dream.