Welcome to Mill Race Village

Once the site of a grist mill, Mill Race Village is now a living museum built on land donated to the City of Northville by Ford Motor Company. Beginning in 1972, historic buildings were moved from other locations in Northville, or reconstructed on site, and the Village is now home to many such buildings including the New School Church, a one-room schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop with working smithy, a general store, a gazebo and a rustic wooden bridge.

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Mill Race Village!

September 26th, October 3rd


Mill Race Village COVID-19 Closure Statement


In the interest of protecting our members, our staff, our volunteers and the general public, Mill Race Village is following the guidelines established by Governor Whitmer for business closures due to COVID-19. Any changes Governor Whitmer makes to the guidelines will be adopted by Mill Race Village. For now, the village office and archives are closed until further notice. If that changes, we will update this statement.


During this time, the grounds of Mill Race Village are open for exercise and dog walking. Please maintain 6 feet between yourself and other walkers. Please stay off the building porches and do not try to open the building doors. They are all locked.


The Northville Historical Society is a 501(c)(3)- non-profit organization. Become a member and/or make a donation today! For details. https://www.millracenorthville.org/join-give


Our dedicated staff is continuing to work from home during this closing.


Previously booked private events are being handled on a case-by-case basis by our business director, Jennifer Luikart 

Our archivist, Paul Snyder is available to answer archive and history questions

If you have questions about Mill Race Village and this temporary closure, please email our executive director, Leanie Bayly 


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The Northville Historical Society is pleased to announce a recent grant award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). MCACA, through funding provided by the NEA through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, made a total of $502,400 in one-time grants to eligible nonprofit arts and cultural organizations throughout Michigan, that have been negatively impacted as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Mill Race Village was a recipient of one of these grants. This support will provide much needed funding to support and maintain Mill Race Village.


Thank you to the MCACA and the NEA for seeing the value that the Northville Historical Society, through Mill Race Village brings to the Community! 

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Become a member of the Northville Historical Society. Volunteer at our events or donate to help us maintain the Village.

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Want to know more about Mill Race Village? Who are we and what do we do?

Contact Us

Any questions? Interested in having your wedding at Mill Race Village, or want to rent one of our buildings for your event? 

The Northville Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization responsible for the financing and operation of Mill Race Village and preservation of the Northville Archives.


(248) 348-1845

215 Griswold St

Northville MI 48167