Historic Village

Donley Log Cabin

1901255_10153472016719031_8912702819265981056_n copyThe Donley Cabin is named after John Donley of Ballyporeen, County Tipperary, who came to New York City in 1848. He bought a farm on Irish Road, now 29 Mile Road, and built a cabin in 1853. Four generations of the Donley family lived in the cabin for 100 years. In the 1930s and 1940s, Donley’s grandson and wife, Hugh Donley and Frances Gavin, along with their seven children, occupied the cabin. In 1972 the great-grandsons took the cabin apart, numbering each log and rebuilt it using the old mortar mixed in with the new. The Donley family donated the cabin to the Society in 1997, and in 1998 the cabin was moved to its current location at the corner of Park and Beebe Streets in Richmond. It was dedicated to the Society on Aug. 8, 1998.

School Section School 

schoolhouse2 croppedThe one-room schoolhouse, built in 1885, was originally located on School Section Road in Richmond Township. In 1952 the residents of the School Section District voted to annex with the Richmond School District. In 1990 the McKiernan family, owners of the school, donated it to the society. It was moved to its present location in 1994. Once a year, Richmond second grade students tour the buildings with their teachers and parents. In May, Richmond and Armada 5th grade teachers also use the School Section School for a day of real hands-on history lesson. These students experience what a day at school was like for their ancestors.

Columbus Train Depot

In 1992 the Society acquired a former 1900s Grand Trunk Railroad Depot from owner Joseph Maranzano. The depot was moved from his private property on Rattle Run in Columbus Township.

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Blacksmith Shop/Museum

Blacksmithshop3aAt the beginning of this century the Society constructed a building to house a bathroom and storage area. The building includes a full basement and a loft office. On July 18, 2009, after hundreds of hours of work by volunteers, the blacksmith shop/ museum was ready for use. The main floor houses a museum with rotating exhibits; the upstairs gives the Society a central office, and the basement contains inventoried storage of items for future displays. The current exhibit is titled, “Richmond: Then & Now”.

Carriage House

11204412_10153520475094031_1262085179300991191_nThe Carriage House, though not that old of a building is an original structure from Bailey Park and is currently utilized for storage by the historical society. The east of the building has a plaque thanking all volunteers who have participated in the building and upkeep of The Historic Village.

 

Brick Paver Park

The Brick Park is located on the former site of the horse shoe pits. This area has 5200 bricks in place which are available for purchase. Brick sales continue to be an important source of income for the Society. See the “Support the Society” page on this website for more information on purchasing a brick in honor of or in memory of someone special.

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Bailey Memorial Park

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In December 1965, a committee was formed to plan a monument to one of Richmond’s life-long area residents, Eugene H. “Gene” Bailey, who had an interest in and supported local sports programs. The committee consisted of Richmond residents along with a few friends of Mr. Bailey’s from Detroit, Pontiac, Royal Oak, and Atlanta, Georgia. For more than a century, the park, which is bordered by Park, Beebe, Washington, and Stone Streets, was Richmond’s only athletic and recreation area. A dedication ceremony to rename the park Bailey Memorial Park took place during Good Old Days Weekend in 1966. The monument was completed and erected in September 1967. The bronze plaque now sits at the entrance to the Society’s Memorial Brick Park.

All the buildings are situated in a section of Richmond’s Bailey Memorial Park for tourists and locals to get a glimpse of a different, less complicated era.

 

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