Step Into The Past Visit the Hart Historic District
The downtown Hart Historic District contains the most historical buildings and collections in Oceana County and it was created by volunteers!
The district is located in downtown Hart on the edge of Chippewa Creek in an old business section on the site of the Centennial Northern Market Chesapeake Ohio Railroad deadhead. Several historical collections are displayed at the Hart Historic District in downtown Hart, Michigan at the corner of Washington and Union Streets, four blocks east of the stoplight. The District is operated by a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, Hart Heritage Preservation Group, Inc.
When you visit our historic district and attractions, you will step back 150 years into the past. Such a collection did not start in our time, but we hope the beauty, tranquility, heritage and growth will last forever. Your visit will be an event you will want to tell your friends about.
Hart Historic Buildings:
- 1858 Native American Log Cabin
- Cobmoosa House
- 1868 Hart Railroad Depot
- 1876 Randall School
- 1897 Sackrider Church
- 1917 Mudget Wood Shop
- 1917 Wilde Blacksmith Shop (Privately Owned)
- 1920 Schaner Feed Mill
- 1947 Log House
- 1993 B.R. Mudget Pavilion
- 2002 Heritage Hall
- 2005 Heritage Complex
Here is a slide show with photographs and images of the Historic District grounds, buildings, museum and collections. Click on the slide show itself to view in a larger format.
The Historic District came into being in 1984 when the Hart City Council voted to establish a Historic District Commission. The railroad donated some abandoned property to the City of Hart and the Haviland Chemical Corporation traded the Schaner Feed Mill property for a commercial lot on Oceana Drive and the district was formed as a repository for buildings and collections of historical significance. Around 1988, a group of citizens concerned with saving the Sackrider United Brethren Church in Elbridge joined with the Historic District Commission and the Heritage Preservation Group was born. The goal of this group is to promote, oversee and preserve those items and acquisitions that have found a new home in the District.
Today, the Historic District is home to a summer Friday Night Concert series during the months of July and August as well as hosting a Heritage Days Festival over Labor Day Weekend in September. A Farmers Market was built with an open pavilion and kitchen facilities. This open pavilion can be rented. The Sackrider Church, moved to Hart in 1990, still provides a wonderful setting for numerous weddings. New displays and additional buildings are being added to the District. Grand Valley State University created a video for the City of Hart. Enjoy the Hart Historical YouTube Video below and please share it! Watch the video on YouTube click here.
Tours of the carefully restored buildings and collections are available Wednesday through Saturday from 1-4 p.m. For more information on the Hart Historic District, call 1-231-873-2488.
Groups (10 or more) $3 each
Adults $5 each
Children $2 each
Open July & August
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday – Saturday or by appointment
Guided Tours Available
Joe Merten: (231) 873-4267
Russ Robbins: (231) 747-5916
City Hall: (231) 873-2488
Message: (231) 873-7604
Web Site: www.ci.hart.mi.us
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