The Bad Axe Historical Society has been busy making much-needed improvements to the buildings and grounds that they maintain and operate.
We are a non-profit organization with no paid employees nor public funding. We need community support to carry on our mission of preserving history and making it accessible to our local community as well as many out of town/state visitors.
Please see our Log Cabin Village page for more information on becoming a member or donating towards improvements such as our current project of replacing some of our Log Cabin windows which are in very rough condition and some are starting to fall out.
The Bad Axe Historical Society operates and maintains two museum sites in the city of Bad Axe. Their locations are shown on the map included in this website. The Society’s efforts are all on a volunteer basis and there is no admission charged. Of course, your donations of artifacts, old photographs to the history of Bad Axe, or monetary contributions toward maintenance costs will be greatly appreciated. We look forward to showing you our historical collections.
(click on titles below to see pictures and additional information of each site)
Bad Axe Museum of Local History (a.k.a. The Allen House)
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. Although furnished with period antiques, the main objective is the collection of Bad Axe History. “The Keeper’s of Everything Bad Axe”, the museum contains items and information related specifically to the history of Bad Axe, its businesses, organizations, and residents. Any information concerning these is always welcome.
We replaced the crumbling sidewalk at the Bad Axe Museum of Local History with engraved brick pavers but you can still purchase engraved brick pavers (starting at only $30) to be added to the sidewalk! For information about the brick paver fundraiser and your opportunity to add to the memory and history of Bad Axe Click Here
205 South Hanselman Street, Bad Axe
This historic village is the largest collection of authentically restored pioneer log buildings in Michigan. The six individual museums include a pioneer home, general store, one room school, chapel, barn and a blacksmith shop. They were originally built between 1875 and 1900 and moved to this site from elsewhere around Huron County, Michigan.. Each contain period artifacts and antiques that let the visitor step back in time and look into this area’s past.
The last Sunday in June each year is Log Cabin Day in Michigan and is a special event at the Bad Axe village with added activities.
The chapel can be rented for weddings and special events in the village. There is a fee of $75. Contact Shelby Allen at 602-769-9666.
Both of our locations are 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!
Bad Axe participates in the Huron County Museum Weekend. It is a special county-wide event held the last full weekend in September with added activities.
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