Sanilac County Genealogical Society
9154 Rich Road
Mayville, MI 48744
Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at various locations in Sanilac County. There are no meetings during December, January or February. The meeting time is 7:00 P.M.
There are several research publications for sale by the Society. For a printable list of what is for available click here.
If you wish to join the Sanilac County Genealogical Society an application to print and mail is available here. Application is in PDF format.
Sanilac County Historical
Society and Museums
Deckerville Historical Museum and Flea Market
4028 N. Ruth Rd. Deckerville, Michigan
Proprietor: Joyce Reid
Museum - Open May - Sep. By Appointment Special appointments can be made for group tours.
Flea Market - Open by appointment and when special shows are on. Wheelchair accessible.
Directions - The Deckerville Historical Museum and Flea Market are located one mile north of Deckerville.
If traveling by M-25 turn west on Deckerville Rd. Driving 7 miles, then turn north at the light in the town of Deckerville and go 1 mile.
If traveling by M-46 north on Ruth Rd. and travel 8 miles.
If traveling by M-53 turn east on Deckerville Rd. driving18 miles, then turn north at the light in the town of Deckerville and go 1 mile.
Visitors from Detroit should allow two hours driving time one way. Visitors from the Tri-Cities should plan on a trip of about 1 1/4 hours.
About the Museum - Visitors here are introduced to some of the local history of Deckerville and the surrounding Sanilac County area. You will learn about local founding families, fires of the area, some history of the Railroad company and Depot, Indian artifacts and early frontier era furnishings and farm tools.
The Museum is located in the Deckerville Train Depot which opened July 5, 1883. The Depot was originally located 3/4 mile west of the main corner of Deckerville. The first train arrived in Deckerville July 5, 1880 on the Port Huron and Northwestern narrow-gauge railroad. Only a loading dock existed at that time it burnt in the fire of 1881. The Depot was built in 1883 with the first agent being Melvin Decker, our last agent was Ed Wagner and the building was closed in the 1960's. The building was moved to its present location in the spring of 1987 and was reconditioned the summer of 1988 for its opening as the Deckerville Historical Museum August 5, 1988.
As you enter the Museum the first room is a combination of the waiting room and office which use to be separated by a partition. In this room you shall see Railroad memorabilia, antique dishes, portraits of local families, an antique hat and jewelry collections and other local artifacts. The second room was originally the baggage room here you will find a collection of local Indian arrowheads and other ceremonial items. As you enter the last room which was the warehouse storage area for goods and coal you see household items, small farm tools and equipment, railroad vouchers, train tickets, telegraph messages, forge, milking equipment, buggy and a sleigh and many more items.
A few feet from the Depot stands a chink and motor log cabin moved
from Burgitville (3 1/2 miles east of here) the town was also called
Houndtown because everyone in the area had hound dogs. The log
cabin was moved from its original location on the Wesley Dean farm
to this location in 1984. It was built after the fire of 1881 and first
used as a home, later as a storage area then a chicken coop.
Next your welcome to wander among the John Deere tractor collection,
featuring Poppin Johnnies pre dating the 1950's. There are Hit and Miss
engines, grain binders and threshing machines which are used for special
shows during the summer and a collection of horse drawn machinery
displayed around the buildings.
Special scheduled weekend shows bring together collectors to share in
showing binding & threshing grain, plowing and Indian dancing. For
information on this years special shows please call 810-376-6695
Special tours for schools and groups - Separate tours can be arranged
for your school class, clubs, bus tours or senior citizens groups to give
you a pleasant, efficient look at the Museum.
Museum Donation - $ 2.00 per person
$ 1.00 Children 5 to 12
$30.00 for small groups
If your group is a young age we would appreciate
knowing how many sponsors will be coming with the group.
For fastest reservations please call 810-376-6695 or send your
inquiries to, Deckerville Historical Museum, 4028 N. Ruth Rd., Deckerville, Michigan 48427.
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