The Troy Historical Society
The Troy Historical Society, established as a 501.c.3 nonprofit corporation in 1966, administers the Troy Historic Village for the City of Troy through a renewable management agreement. Troy Historical Society provides engaging education and enrichment programs at the city-owned Troy Historic Village as well as outreach programs for schools and adult groups. Nearly 30,000 guests visit the Village each year, including 15,000 students, chaperones, and teachers from public, private and charter schools in southeast Michigan. The Troy Historical Society is committed to expanding awareness of the Village as an outstanding center for history education, arts and culture and inclusive community engagement.
The Society welcomes new Villagers! Click here for membership information or to volunteer at the Village.
The Troy Historical Society aspires to best practices and transparency as a nonprofit corporation. The following documents are available for public review and download. Please call Loraine Campbell, Executive Director at 248-524-3301 if you have questions about anything contained in these documents or reports.
The Troy Historical Society activates discovery and cultivates life-long exploration of history by sharing and preserving heritage through creative, meaningful experiences that engage the community.
The Historical Society embraces and supports preservation through education, presentation and access to the artifacts, archives, and resources at the Troy Historic Village. These resources and activities enhance knowledge and historic context and provide opportunities for community development, social interaction, and open dialogue on issues of importance.
The Troy Historical Society provides a welcoming environment that:
- Engages visitors in positive learning experiences and social interactions
- Respects the significance of history as we seek knowledge, understanding and relevance in our lives
- Recognizes artifacts as social objects and catalysts for sharing information and ideas
- Embraces innovative and creative interpretive programs
- Encourages civil discussion and objective analysis and evaluation of controversial issues
- Promotes a stewardship and adherence to the highest standards of historic preservation; manages resources with integrity and transparency; and treats all peoples with dignity and respect.
The Village is located at 60 W. Wattles Road (17 Mile Road), on the northwest corner of Wattles and Livernois.
To reach the Village from I-75 take Exit 72 (Crooks Road), Exit 69 (Big Beaver Road) or Exit 67 (Rochester Road).
The Village features free, onsite parking.
The Village is open year-round Monday – Friday, 10am – 3pm and closed Saturdays and Sundays. Please see our events page for exceptions for scheduled classes and events.
Please note that the Village is closed on the following holidays: Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day.
Become a Villager!
Have you visited Troy Historic Village and wondered how you can get more involved? Are you currently a member but want to do more? Do you have an interest in history, volunteer opportunities and internships? There are many ways to be an active Villager!
Please click here for current job postings.
The Troy Historical Society welcomes undergraduate and graduate students who wish to complete unpaid, for-credit internships and practicums to fulfill academic requirements. Internships are available in a variety of subject areas including but not limited to:
- American History/Research
- Museum Studies
- Archive Management
- Nonprofit Management
- Marketing and Public Relations
- Graphics Design
- Accounting and Finance
- Historic Preservation
- Technology/Social Media/Website management
To apply for an internship, please complete and submit a printed Intern Application. Applications must be submitted at least 4 weeks before the term starts. Following submission of an application, individuals will be contacted to schedule an interview and to discuss potential intern projects and work experiences. The final selection of interns is at the discretion of the Executive Director.
Children (6-12 years): $3.00
Children (<6 years): Free
What can I do when I visit the Village?
If you like having a good time, then you should definitely check out the Troy Historic Village! In addition to year-round self-guided tours of the historic buildings, we offer:
- Classes in a variety of lost arts such as blacksmithing
- Hands-on history field trip programs for students in pre-k through middle school
- By-appointment access to archival records for historical and genealogical research
- Onsite monthly history talks featuring a wide array of speakers, topics, tea and cookies
- Offsite group tours of unique locales, including historic places of worship and cemeteries
- Annual special events, including the Troy Traffic Jam car show; Halloween Trick-or-Treat; and traditional Christmas open house. We are also the site of the Troy Garden Club’s arts and crafts boutique during the annual Troy Garden Walk (second Wednesday of July).
Is the Village handicap accessible?
Yes, we are handicap accessible and ADA compliant. A wheelchair is available for guests.
Will you show me around the Village?
Sure! If you are interested in booking a guided tour of the Village for your group of 10 or more, please call 248-524-3570 or email email@example.com to arrange a visit that accommodates your group. We welcome seniors, adults and youth with special needs.
Are food and drink available for purchase?
Not at this time, but in the summer guests are welcome to bring edibles and enjoy a picnic lunch outside on the picturesque Village Green. Please note: food and drink are not permitted inside of the historic buildings.
Is this a good place to bring my kids?
Yes, kids love the Village! Younger children can search for Cheddar the Village Mouse, our mascot who is always hiding in one of the historic buildings. Older children will enjoy completing a Village-wide scavenger hunt for special artifacts during your visit. Young guests are welcome to sit at the desks inside our one-room schoolhouse and play with old-time wooden toys in Town Hall, too. Best of all, these activities are included with general admission! Check out our Events Calendar for programs designed especially for kids, including a monthly preschool story hour with Cheddar the Village Mouse.
Are you a teacher? Schedule a Village field trip for your class by calling our education hotline at 248-524-3598. Can’t make it to the Village? We’ll come to you! Our ‘H2U: History to You’ programs bring hands-on learning right to your classroom. You can view all of our onsite and offsite school group offerings here: Field Trips for Schools.
Is this a good place to bring my dog?
Well…not really, no. While the Village staff love and appreciate canine companions, we have to be mindful of all of our guests—some of whom may not get along well with Fluffy and Fido. Fortunately, we are located less than a mile from the dog park on Livernois between Wattles and Big Beaver. Visit the Village and then hit the park; your fur-baby can have fun, too! However official therapy and guide dogs are always welcome.
Do you have a gift shop?
We sure do! The Village Store features mementos of your visit to the Troy Historic Village, including postcards and books, as well as old-time toys, penny and rock candy, locally-made jewelry, jams, soaps and much more. We take cash, check and credit/debit: Visa, MasterCard and Discover.
Is the Village heated/air-conditioned?
With the exception of the pioneer log cabin and wagon shop, all of the buildings are outfitted with modern heating. All buildings except for the log cabin, wagon shop, print shop and one-room school are air-conditioned. Modern restroom facilities are located in the general store and church buildings.
Can I get married in the Village?
Absolutely! You can also rent the Village for birthday, graduation or retirement parties, club or business meetings, or private photography sessions. Please visit our Rentals page or call 248-524-3303 for more information on renting the Village for your special event.