Tuscola County Historical Consortium

Business Name Tuscola County Historical Consortium
Caro 48723-0
Phone (989) 551-8508

Take 5 … Steps Back in Time

The Tuscola County Historical Consortium (TCHC) is a joint effort of five historical entities across the county. The group serves as the voice of the past and works together on programs and projects that preserve Tuscola County’s history and historical markers. Throughout the year, each of the member museums host free events to promote historical education. The events feature ever-changing displays and gift drawings. The group also hosts a regional workshop annually which allows for many networking opportunities.

Now it’s time to take your step back in time as you check out the amazing views into the past below.

Caro Roadhouse Museum

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Located in the heart of the City of Caro at 235 Congress Street, where it intersects with South Almer, the Caro Roadhouse Museum is directly across the street from the main gate to the Tuscola County Fairgrounds, and in the shadows of the Michigan Sugar Plant silo. The museum is a partially renovated seven-room building with rotating displays, on-loan collections, and events that showcase over 150 years of life in Caro and the Thumb Area. To learn more, download this historical overview prepared by local historian, Mark R. Putnam or join their Facebook group.

Mayville Museum


Located just south of Mayville on M-24, the Mayville Museum (2124 E. Ohmer Rd.), is in the original Pierre Marquette railroad depot. The museum boasts a large military uniform display, mastodon bones, vintage Boy Scout display, and antique furniture and appliances. You’ll also find the West Dayton One Room Schoolhouse, an authentic furnished log cabin, outhouse, caboose with railroad memorabilia, and an elaborate Coca Cola train village on the property. The museum is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, every Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, though, donations are appreciated. You can follow the happenings of the museum on their Facebook page.

Millington-Arbela Historical Society

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Located in downtown Millington (8534 State St.), the Millington-Arbela Historical Society is housed in an 1898 fieldstone bank building. On display are veteran's military items, vintage souvenirs of businesses and organizations, arrowheads, signature quilts, and histories of the area’s one-room schools. The museum is open April through December from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. Admission is free. To learn more about the museum, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

Thumb Octagon Barn Agricultural Museum

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Located just outside of Gagetown in the heart of Michigan’s Thumb, the Thumb Octagon Barn (6948 Richie Rd.) is a historic and unique barn and homestead. The Thumb Octagon Barn complex was preserved for the community as an agricultural museum and educational center open to individuals, families, and student groups to educate and stimulate awareness of our agricultural heritage. Learn more by visiting their website or Facebook page.

Vassar Historical Society and Museum

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Located in Vassar at the corner of Main Street and West Street, the Vassar Historical Society and Museum (450 S. Main St.) is housed in one of the town’s historical homes which was moved to this location to serve as central point of historical preservation for Vassar. The museum features artifacts from the Vassar area and strives to present local history to everyone. The displays are changed yearly. Open April through December on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To learn more, visit their website or Facebook page.