Summer fun with a bit of state history


Now that school’s out, families are looking for fun ways to pass the time. We know of some places to go that are not only fun, but filled with local and state history.

Muskegon is known for its beautiful beaches, but during the 19th century, it was also a very prosperous lumber town, too. That created a number of lumber barons, like Charles Hackley.

This summer, you can tour Hackley’s Victorian home or you can head to Muskegon’s Heritage Park, a space full of outdoor adventure that traces 10,000 years of Michigan history in a natural woodland setting.

The Historic Sites and Heritage Park are both really interesting places, fun and full of great information about local and state history. You can spend hours at each place; plus, each has a long list of great events happening there this summer and we wanted to highlight a few. 

>>> Take a look in the video above. 

Like the Victorian Tea happening this Saturday at the Hackley & Hume Historic Site, from 1pm to 4pm and on the evening of June 30th, is the Hackley Picnic.

Some highlights at Heritage Park include a Pow Wow, Honoring our Native Heritage, that’s July 21st to 22nd and “Click Clack Moo-sic” with the West Michigan Symphony on August 11th and “A taste of History” on August 18th, where visitors get to take part in food demos and taste dishes from the past.

The Lakeshore Museum Center operates both the Hackley Hume Historic Site and Michigan’s Heritage Park. you can learn more about all these places by going to

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