Our guided tours last for one hour. Our knowledgeable docents lead our guests through the grounds and buildings while telling the history of each. They will also share the history of Mill Race Village and the beginnings of the Northville Historical Society. The land has its own interesting history from the site of a Grist Mill to being owned by the Ford Motor Company, who then donated the land to the City of Northville to be used as a park. Learn about Northville’s rich history, the story of the Mill Pond, the race and the importance of the Rouge River in the development of the community and the industries that called Northville home.
Private tours are offered at $5 per person with a $50 minimum. We can run a tour for 1 person or up to 25 people! The optimum number of people on a tour is 25 but simultaneous tours can be conducted for groups with higher numbers. Please contact us for more information regarding how we can accommodate your group. The office can also make recommendations on how your group can make a day of your visit in Northville, with other sites to see in Northville or neighboring Plymouth. We can also make restaurant recommendations for your visit!
Private Tour Guidelines:
The Northville Historical Society would like to remind you that all of the buildings in Mill Race Village are museums. Many hours of volunteer labor and money have gone into restoring these buildings and grounds. The Society trusts that you will respect the historical value of the premises during your visit.
The Cady Inn will be open for the use of restrooms. Please provide assistance for any guests that may require assistance.
Any personal property brought into the premises shall be at the sole risk of the user; the Northville Historical Society shall not be liable for any loss/damage to any property for any reason.
Buses or other vehicles are to unload and park in the lot only; no vehicles are allowed within the village. Please try to adhere to the arrival and departure times that you indicate.
Not all of the buildings are handicapped accessible. Those that are: Cady Inn, Blacksmith shop, JM Mead Store, Wash Oak School and New School Church. Please note that the Village is a living Village, with maintenance and work to the grounds and buildings year round. At any given time a building(s) may not be available to tour.
The Village is located in a public park. The grounds will be open to the public during your tour. Only those on your tour will be provided access to the buildings.