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.

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The Yerkes House

This gothic style home was built by Mr.Yerkes in 1873. The Yerkes were one of the first families to settle in Northville. Mr.Yerkes was an extremely influential man in Northville’s history, serving as Northville’s first mayor. After his few years in office, he became a carpenter. He built this building on East Cady Street in Northville. The house is well known for its ‘floating staircase’ because the staircase has no visible supports. In 1975 the Yerkes house was scheduled for demolition  The land was owned by the Northville Downs, and the owners donated the building to Mill Race before it could be torn down. The Yerkes house was moved to its current location soon after.

Yerkes House

Built: 1875

Designer: William Yerkes

Usage: Residential home

Where: East Cady Street

Architecture: Carpenter Gothic

Donated: 1975