Who We Are

History is preserved at Mill Race Historical Village, a gem of the Northville community. Created in 1972 by the Northville Historical Society, Mill Race Village serves as a focal point for the Northville community.


A living museum, the Village was built on land donated to the City of Northville by the Ford Motor Company. Once the site of a grist mill, the Village is home to a church, gazebo, school, rustic wooden bridge, blacksmith shop, general store, interurban train station and several homes reminiscent of an era gone by. The New School Church was built in 1845 by a splinter group of the First Presbyterian Church of Northville. The Church exhibits a Greek Revival architectural style with a columned entrance portico. Moved to the Village in 1972, the Church is currently used for meetings, classes and weddings.

Overlooking the ramblings of the Rouge River which flows through the Village, is a large gazebo. Modeled after a turn of the century version, the gazebo was built in 1979 by high school students. Many couples seek out the pleasant shelter of the gazebo to exchange vows on their wedding day. Couples also choose to say their "I Do's" overlooking the water, in the front yard of the homes or on the steps of the Church.

Opening Hours

The village grounds are open year round, dawn to dusk daily except when there is a private function. 

Buildings are open with docents every Sunday from June through October from 1-4 pm.

215 Griswold St Northville MI 48167

Phone: (248) 348 1845

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