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Pioneer Village              


303 N. Port Crescent Avenue

 This 1902 Dutch colonial home was built by Wallace E. Allen, the town’s longest serving mayor.  The home was owned by only one family and is nearly unchanged from its original configuration.  Many of the homes original features are still as they were in 1902.  The home is furnished with period antiques throughout. 

Events in Bad Axe City history are exhibited throughout the Allen House. Several displays include those of Bad Axe resident and Michigan's 29th Governor, Albert Edson Sleeper, and, United States President Richard M. Nixon's last official public appearance in Bad Axe on April 10, 1974

The museum is open Sunday afternoons from 2-4 pm during the summer months between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day.  Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated!

We replaced the crumbling sidewalk with engraved brick pavers.  Click here for information about the brick paver fundraiser.






A collage commemorating

President Nixon's trip to

Bad Axe in 1974

The Lady's Room contains many items pertaining to the handiwork and hobbies used by women in the early 20th century. Here the ladies would be dressing for an evening at the Bad Axe Opera House.
Household items collection.
Items from the Governor Sleeper collection.

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