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Martha Barker Country Store Museum
Navarre Anderson Trading Post Complex


Lantern Tours- Our Annual Fundraiser

Costumed reenactors lead tour groups and present local and national history to visitors
young and old during your night time tour of the Trading Post site. Check-in and
refreshments are at
the Country Store building. Tickets go on sale October 1st every year and
this event is a sell-out every year!

For images of Lantern Tours from the past (and this year)- go to the Museum's Facebook page under
onroe County Historical Museum and Archives, and "like" us!

 SapPailsonTreea Sap buckets catching the flow of early maple sap.



 Martha Barker Country Store Museum
3815 North Custer Road, Monroe



The Country Store is open for special site events and group tours by appointment.
The Country Store museum is housed in the old Papermill one-room schoolhouse,
which got its name from the nearby Christopher McDowell papermill. The brick
school was built in the early 1860s and was used as a school until 1962.
It is now a replica of a typical rural country store of about 1918. Museum artifacts
were donated by local families and businesses from the county.

 CSCrowda School tours crowd the exhibits and are popular in May & June.

 Navarre Anderson Trading Post Complex
   3775 North Custer Road, Monroe

Trading Post

The Trading Post complex is set up to represent a French pioneer homestead along
the River Raisin. The main building, built in 1789 by Utreau Navarre, is the oldest
wooden residence still standing in the state.  It is the most complete example of
French-Canadian "piece-sur-piece" construction in the Old Northwest.  It has been
 restored to 1797.  Other buildings include an 1810 cookhouse and a replica 1790's
French-Canadian style barn.   

MAPLE SYRUP DAY at the complex is Saturday, March 28th from 12-4 p.m. If the site floods (like last year) or the weather is poor, the event will be held the same day at the main museum, 126 South Monroe Street. Stop in!


    Dodworth Duo 1 

Did you see the talented Dodworth Duo in concert at the Trading Post Sept. 18th, 2014?

Dodworth Duo 2

A very enjoyable hour of music and stories in a crisp end of summer outdoor setting.


Visitors may walk the grounds at any time. Please leave the grounds the same way you
found them! Buildings Open only for special museum events and group tours by

Piece sur piece Hewn logs showing the upright and horizontal placement for walls.

Note: As you walk the pathways of the Trading Post complex, it is advisable to
stay on the pathways due to poison ivy in the green areas. Please be respectful of any
wildlife you may encounter- this would be a great teaching moment for any children
with you. You can often see turtles, frogs, birds, fish, dragon flies, ducks & geese- and the
occasional muskrat. A trash receptacle is available for your use- do not litter. Thank you
for your consideration on the historical park.


Located on the Monroe County Fairgrounds, South Custer Road

Eby Cabina        John Jr family

The wood log cabin once stood in a field on Scheick and Stewart Roads in Raisinville
township, the home of John (Joannes) and Elisabeth Daumberger Eby, immigrants from
Blotsheim, Alsace. The property was purchased in 1859, and the log home built of local
wood. Several Eby generations were raised in this cabin, including the family shown in the
photograph (right) of John Eby Jr. and his wife Elizabeth Schaub. The cabin was purchased
by the Monroe County Historical Society, moved to the fairgrounds in 1959 and opened in
1960 to be a rural farm display to introduce the growing urban population to Monroe
county agricultural roots.

It is currently open only annually during Fair Week.


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