The Midwest is home to a number of historic villages that seek to depict what life looked like in the olden days. These villages offer a glimpse into history and each offer a glimpse into American history.
White Pine Village: Michigan
This tiny village is located just outside of Ludington, in a beautiful and serene spot overlooking Lake Michigan. Since 1975 visitors have been coming to the village to see and experience what life might have been like more than 100 years ago for people living in the region. With more than 30 buildings and sites to explore, visitors can take a guided tour or explore the grounds on their own. Sites included in the tour are a Trappers Cabin, the original Court House for Mason County, a General Store, and Farmstead, Maritime, Lumbering, and Time Museums. Whether you enjoy classic cars, beautiful flowers, and gardens, or historic lighthouses, this lakeside town has something to entertain everyone.
Once the headquarters of The Ringling Brothers Circus, this tiny town is home to the Circus World Museum and was the winter home of the traveling show as well. The Al Ringing Theatre is an actively used landmark in the city where guests and locals can visit for a variety of shows throughout the year. The town was first settled in the early 1800s and was known as the village of Adams. It was referred to as such until it was renamed in the mid-1800s to reflect that name of a nearby river.
New Harmony: Indiana
This historic town on the Wabash River was established by the Harmony Society in the early 1800s. Bought for two dollars an acre, the 20,000-area settlement was designed by George Rapp and was originally exclusively a German/Lutheran settlement. The Harmonists built a town where once there was vast wilderness. It was eventually sold to a social reformer who bought it with the intention of creating an utopian community. The town quickly became known for it an advancement in education and scientific research. As the town grew it established a free library, drama club, and its own public school system.