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THANKS FOR A GREAT FESTIVAL!

CHS Heritage Festival

The Caledonia Historical Society would like to thank everyone who participated in our 7th Annual Heritage Festival this past weekend. Whether your favorite part was the historic buildings and their artifacts, the Civil War re-enactors, the antique tractors and old fire engines, the vintage sawmill, the youth activities or the delicious food, it was wonderful that guests of all ages were having a wonderful time enjoying the family fun.

As our major fundraising event that helps us collect preserve and share the history of Caledonia, we sincerely appreciate you joining us and supporting our efforts to preserve the past for future generations. We look forward to sharing the buildings of our Village and the history they hold during our final open house of the season on September 24th and our Festival next year.

WHAT IS THE CHS AND THE CHV?

The Caledonia Historical Village (CHV) located on 5 Mile Road just east of Hwy 38 is owned and operated by the Caledonia Historical Society (CHS).  The Caledonia Historical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit, and all members are volunteers.  Therefore all renovations, all maintenance, all activities at the Caledonia Historical Village are undertaken by those volunteers.  All funding of those renovations, maintenance and activities is through donations, grants, membership and fund raising.

Come Join Us!

The Caledonia Historical Society  meets the third Thursday of every month with the next meeting scheduled for September 21st at 6:30 pm in the 1902 Milwaukee Road Depot in the Caledonia Historical Village.   The meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome.

Our Last Open House of the Season!

Come join us on the fourth Sunday of the month, September 24th, for our last open house of the 2017 season.  The buildings will be open from 1 pm until 4 pm with docents available to provide information.  Come admire the progress that has been made to the renovation of the 1919 Botting Road Machine Shed.  Come view the new additions to the artifacts stored throughout the buildings and the park grounds.  Come be amazed at what history has to say to you.

CHS Is Everywhere!

The Caledonia Historical Society is on Facebook.  Like CHS at Caledonia Historical Society.  The Caledonia Historical Society is on Twitter.  Follow CHS at Caledonia Historical.  Check this website for updates regarding CHS events.  Visit the Caledonia Historical Village, east of Hwy 38 on 5 Mile Rd.  Contact the CHS through the Contact Us page on this website or via email at caledoniahistoricalvillage@gmail.com.

Rent The CHS Historical  Village For Your  Special Event!

The Caledonia Historical Village grounds and historic buildings are available for rent.  Hold your wedding or family reunion while enjoying a historic vista.  For more information, use the Contact Us page on this website or contact Chuck Miles , the CHS President at caledoniahistoricalvillage@gmail.com .  What could be better than the beautiful back drop of the Caledonia Historical Village located at 5 Mile Road and Hwy 38 for your special occasion.

 

CALEDONIA HERITAGE FESTIVAL

SEVENTH ANNUAL CALEDONIA HERITAGE FESTIVAL

The final preparations are underway for the seventh annual Caledonia Heritage Festival presented by the Caledonia Historical Society at the Caledonia Historical Village just east of Hwy 38 on 5 Mile Road.  The buildings are cleaned and sparkling, the benches are freshly painted, the tents are being raised, the CHS members are excited and invite everyone to join them on September 9th and September 10th from 10 am to 4 pm for a “Back to the Past” journey.  This historical adventure and the parking are free, but we would appreciate a $5 donation to help the CHS support the village.

 

 

The family-friendly event is an educational opportunity that features living history from the mid-1800s when Caledonia was first being settled. Learn from the descendants of these early Caledonians as they share their ancestors’ stories. Tour the 1840s Ruud Cabin, the 1877 Caledonia Town Hall and visit with the village blacksmith at the Myers Museum. The Historical Village also includes the 1902 Milwaukee Road Depot, a 1927 Caboose and a pre-1900 machine shed. All buildings will be staffed with docents to answer questions.

Civil War cannon demonstrations are provided showing both sides of The War of Rebellion in the 1860s. Civil War reenactors in period correct costumes will be available to answer questions both at the battlefield and at their camps.

Numerous children’s activities will be offered including games and activities from the mid-1800s.  There also will be numerous craft and food booths. There will be a bake sale in the 1902 Depot and a homemade pie auction on Saturday at 2 pm. An outdoor non-denominational church service will be held Sunday at 9 am.

Come join us and immerse yourself in the local history!