Looking for things to do in #JacksonMI this weekend? Here’s our top five picks for: May 11th, Jackson County Museum Day
1. Transportation Museums
The Ye Ole Carriage Shop Museum offers eighteen Jackson made cars on display, other classic and historical cars and seven additional rooms housing dozens of impressive collections. The Lost Railway Museum lets you re-visit this early 1900's village where the electric Inter-Urban railway system was the primary mode of public transportation and allows your imagination to come to life as you explore!
2. Agriculture Museums
Looking for a vivid glance into 19th century pioneer life? The Waterloo Farm Museum is a complex of farm buildings nestled in the curve of a scenic rural road. The Tompkins Historical Stewart Farm Museum features a farmhouse museum, rug looms and black smith demonstrations, a replica frontier log cabin, an 1880’s school house, and a working windmill. In addition to their display of 100 reed organs, fully restored, and available for visitors to play, the Hanover-Horton Area Historical Society showcases local history artifacts with children’s hands-on displays. Heritage Park boasts a newly built Antique Farm Equipment barn, a maple sugar shack and a sawmill.
3. Historic Homes
The Mann House is an excellent example of middle-class Victorian architecture. Once the private home of Daniel and Ellen Mann and their two daughters Jessie and Mary Ida, the Mann House is now a museum operated by the Michigan History Center, Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The Cambridge Junction Historic State Park/Walker Tavern Historic Site is made up of 80 acres where visitors can tour the site's three historic buildings, view exhibits about tourism and enjoy the natural landscape of the Irish Hills.
4. Art Museums
The Ella Sharp Museum provides opportunities for everyone to explore, engage and enjoy history and the arts. The artifacts and artwork you can find at Ella help preserve Jackson’s history. Click here to view their current exhibits.
5. Prison Museum
Cell Block 7 is not just a replica or a likeness; it's a real prison, where thousands of convicts have done hard time. You'll inhabit the same cells, walk the same corridors, and pass by the same gun towers as some of the most hardened criminals in Michigan's history.