6:00 – 8:30 pm | Registration Required
Price per tour: $10/THS Member, $15/Non-member
This summer, join us for three special behind-the-scenes tours of historic buildings located at the Village. Explore the hearth and soul of these structures as you learn all about their places in Troy and in time! Light refreshments included. Some stair climbing is required for parts of these tours; please contact Village at 248-524-3570 for accessibility details.
July 24: Solomon Caswell House
Tour this 1832 Greek Revival home in all of its neoclassical glory! Built by pioneer farmer, cobbler, and War of 1812 veteran Solomon Caswell, this house was the first building moved to the Village campus. Learn the Caswell family story in the context of southeast Michigan, national, and world history. See how the home was acquired, transported to its current location, and furnished. Tour includes access to the normally off-limits upstairs level of the home (stair-climbing required).
August 14: General Store
Learn the secrets of the Village General Store, including a tour of the artifact and textile collections housed in the normally off-limits upper level! Tour also includes the history of Troy Corners’ general store, which was operated for years by Civil War veteran Frank Cutting, and highlights of the Detroit United Railway, the 20thcentury electric-interurban that connected the tiny farming community of Troy to cities as far away as Imlay City and Flint.
September 18: Niles Barnard House
This most-recently relocated of the Village’s historic buildings has many fascinating stories. Built in 1823 by one of Troy’s first pioneer settlers, Johnson Niles, it was simultaneously a family home and tavern. By the 1950s, the family of Judge Norman Barnard lived in the home, and it was in their living room that the City of Troy was platted. For the first time, visitors are invited to go inside the Niles Barnard House (stair-climbing required) and learn about its history and restoration. Program also features historic tavern talk with an archaeology spin.