Indian Landing LbNA # 42696
|Placed Date||Aug 11 2008|
|Last Update||Aug 19 2010|
For many years this Park was called Indian Landing. During the early 1800’s Potawatomi tribes migrated from eastern Wisconsin to southwest Michigan. In 1833 the Treaty of Chicago deeded all Michigan lands held by the Potawatomi to the United States. Under this treaty the Potawatomi agreed to move west of the Mississippi River. However, many Native Americans living here evaded the government agents and remained at Indian Landing.
In 1849 a Methodist mission was established on this land for both Native Americans and European settlers. A small church was built on the site. On Sunday mornings the Native Americans blew a horn that could be heard for three to four miles. Upon hearing the signal, the pioneers who lived across the river would proceed on horseback to the banks of the river. There the Native Americans would meet them and transport them by canoe to Church services. In 1853, a log schoolhouse was built here at the request of the Native Americans. In 1972 this site “Indian Landing” was placed on the Michigan Historical Register in recognition of its first Native American inhabitants.
This historic Village and Museum began as one man’s dream for preservation of the past. In 1936, a local historian donated land for the purpose of building a museum and recreation facility for local residents, and named the place in honor of his parents. After World War II ended, the museum became a reality; construction was completed in 1950.
During his lifetime, this historian collected thousands of artifacts, forming the core of the collection now owned by the museum. Many of these were simple objects which reflect the lives of those who lived in the small communities of this region.
The abundance of objects enabled the creation of a typical mid-Michigan village of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. 25 historic residences, businesses and community buildings including the Lee School were moved from throughout the County to recreate life in an early rural Michigan village.
This park holds many special events during the year including a huge car show on Father's Day. There is normally no admission charge unless you choose to arrive during one of those events, in which case you will be charged whatever fee that event is charging. Check the online schedule of events before setting out so you know what to expect. Make time to check out the many wonderful displays and exhibits of life from yesteryear offered here.
Hike Length: Approx. 1 mile
Park your vehicle and make your way to the trees dedicated to the memory of past Rotarians. Pass through the fence, head across the road and toward the Native American Interpretative Vllage. Go right at the "Y" and enter the village. Check out these neat displays including the Fire Circle, the progress on the canoe and the Three Sisters' Garden. Once back out on the trail, continue at 330 deggrees, following the gentle curves to the next intersection. Check the base of the small, half-naked "Y" nearby.
Go westerly from here passing the 'Black Cherry'. Continue on up the hill, past the 'American Beech' and enter the open meadow on top of the hill. At the next choice stay left and re-enter the woods. Pass the stonepile on the right and proceed to the next intersection. Look near the multi-trunk at 15 degrees for your prize.
Take the leftmost trail back to the pavement, then left to get back to your car.
Please be discreet and rehide well.
We hope you enjoy these boxes and take the time to enjoy this wonderful park, including the beach and picnic areas.