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Lantern Tours
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 nighttime tour of the Trading Post site. Check-in and refreshments are at the Country Store building. This event is a sell-out every year!

The Monroe County Historical Museum Presents Lantern Tours for 2014: save the dates Friday and Saturday, October
17-18, 24-25. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 1 at 10:00 a.m. at the museum.

2014 Maple Syrup Day: Saturday, March 22nd from 12 to 4:00 p.m. (changed from previous posting) now at the main Museum downtown due to site flooding.



 Martha Barker Country Store Museum
3815 North Custer Road, Monroe



The Country Store is open for special site events and group tours by appointment. Special
Summer hours for 2013: open first Saturdays from 1-4:00 p.m. June 1, July 6, August 3,
and September 7th. 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.

 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. 

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 appointment. Open
with the Country Store this year for first Saturdays in June, July, August & September from
1-4:00 p.m.

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

Summer 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 recepticle is available for your use- do not litter. Thank you for your consideration on the historical park.


EBY PIONEER LOG CABIN                                                                                                    

Monroe County Fairgrounds, South Custer Road (M-50) Maintained by the Monroe County Historical
Museum on county fair property.

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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