3815 North Custer Road, Monroe, Michigan
Grounds open year round; 2019 structure hours to be announced.
Papermill School (currently closed to the public for renovations)
Christopher McDowell Papermill which once operated on the opposite side of the
River Raisin. Built around 1864, it was used as a schoolhouse until 1962. After it
served as a schoolhouse, it was the site of the Monroe County Museum's Martha
Barker Country Store Exhibit for several decades. In late 2018, renovations began
to turn the Papermill School into a visitors center for the site.
Navarre-Anderson Trading Post Complex
the River Raisin. The main building, built in 1789 by Francois "Utreau" Navarre, is likely
the oldest wooden residence still standing in Michigan. 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 1790s
French-Canadian style barn.
All Monroe County Museum public hours, programs, and events take precedence over any private uses of the site.
The site is not presently available for weddings or private event rentals. Any impromptu weddings or private events occurring during public hours, programs, and events may be requested to leave the site.
Use of the site by photographers is welcomed but they cannot interfere with the site during public hours, programs, and events. Photographers found to be interfering with regular operations of the site may be requested to leave and make a reservation for future use of the site.
Any photographer that impinges on another visitors' access and use of the site will be requested to leave.
Pedestrians always have right of way on the bridge during private photo shoots. Only Monroe County Museum staff and volunteers are authorized to restrict access to the bridge and site.
From time to time, the Monroe County Museum may limit access to the site for event preparation or site safety.
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, and geese along with the occasional muskrat.
A trash receptacle is available for your use - littering is not permitted. Visitors found littering at the site will be referred to local law enforcement.
Any visitor found defacing property at the site will be referred to local law enforcement.
Please be respectful of other visitors at the site and make sure your visit does not impact others.
Eby Log House
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 open annually during Fair Week in part of July/ August.