The Country Store is open for special site events and group tours by appointment.
Special Summer hours for 2014: open Friday and Saturday from 12 noon- 5:00 p.m.
starting June 6-7th for the months of June, July and August. 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.
School tours crowd the exhibits.
Navarre Anderson Trading Post Complex
3775 North Custer Road, Monroe
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 Friday and Saturday in June,
July and August from 12 noon- 5:00 p.m. (starts June 6-7th, 2014). Admission donation
is welcomed; please park in the Country Store lot.
Hewn logs showing the upright and horizontal placement for 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 receptacle is available for your use- do not litter. Thank you
for your consideration on the historical park.
EBY PIONEER LOG CABIN
Located on the Monroe County Fairgrounds, South Custer Road
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. Dates for the 2014
Fair Week are Sunday, July 27th through Saturday, August 2nd.