Museum hours are
Saturdays, January 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th and
February 2nd, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
In the area? Please stop by and visit our museum, attend an event, or see some of the other attractions in the Hartland area.
The original town hall was built in 1891 at the corner of Main (Crouse Road) and Hartland Road (Avon). In the 1940s, the hall was remodeled to house a fire truck at ground level at the west end and an upstairs room was partitioned off. In 1969, the people of Hartland voted to give the township authority to build a new township hall and fire hall. The first meeting of the Hartland Area Historical Society was held September 10, 1970, at the Sally Thomas Antique
Shop on Avon Street. The group was then incorporated on November 18, 1970 with the resolution to "Preserve the heritage and history of the Hartland Area. They also agreed to support, provide for and accept articles for a museum, to organize and make such a museum collection available to the public and encourage the acquisitions of additional donations for the museum." The historical society saw their dream come true when the Hartland Township Board presented them with the deed to the old Town
Hall in July 1971. The old town hall was restored and renamed the Florence B. Dearing Museum in honor of the Librarian of Cromaine Library for 26 years, who was responsible for starting the collection of artifacts from Hartland's past. Many generous donations of articles from people in
the community and former residents have helped the museum grow. The
Hartland Stagecoach Inn Questers and the Hartland Jaycees were instrumental in the
initial restoration of the building along with financial aid from
the Heartland Foundation. The Florence B. Dearing Museum is open every Sunday, 1 - 3 p.m., and every Wednesday, 1 - 3 p.m. Here is a map to the museum's location. If you would like to schedule a tour, please contact our president, Hildy Foley, at 810-229-7621.
Attend - Come to an event. The Hartland Area Historical Society has something going on all the time. In addition to our monthly meeting that takes place the second Monday of every month, at 7 p.m. in the FB Dearing Museum, we also have other social events that anyone can attend and get aquainted with the organization. Ice Cream Socials, Memorial Day, Heritage Day, pot lucks, and our Annual Gala and Annual Meeting in May are advertised in our newsletter and are on our Calendar
page. If you would like to automatically be included in any updates to events, please submit your email address here. If you are on Facebook, you can also join the Hartland Area Historical Society Facebook Group.
Other Attractions - There are a number of other places of interest in the Hartland area, that you can see either before or after you visit the museum. Across the street from the musuem is the Tyme Well Spent Tea Room, which is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is also available for private parties. They serve lunch, and have a gift shop. Visit their website or call (810) 632-9921 for more details. Just down the street is the historic Hartland Music Hall, which can be rented for weddings or other events. And you can always visit Spicer Orchards, which is open all year. You can pick fruit that is in season, go on a hayride, or visit the winery.