The Mason County Historical Society


The Historic White Pine Village

School Tours

Thousands of area school children from around West Michigan take a thrilling step back in time and relive the hardscrabble existence of their intrepid ancestors in a stimulating, immersive, hands-on experience.  Visitors may meet a blacksmith as he fires up his forge, view cooking in the farmhouse kitchen, glimpse historic good being sold in the old General Store, watch candles being made, learn about earlier medical remedies in the Doctor’s office, climb aboard an authentic turn-of-the-century steam locomotive, and behold a sawmill cutting logs into lumber.  Mini-school sessions are held throughout the day in an authentic 1898, One Room School.  Students and their chaperones have an opportunity to talk with interpreters at most of the 30 sites as they share their own insight into village life.


History in Action Day

History in Action Days (HIA) at Historic White Pine Village are special events that fill the village with activity.  Every year, several thousand school students attend History in Action Days,  expanding their knowledge of the past, thus preparing them for the future.  Interpreters are located in the buildings as well as on the grounds, giving students an opportunity to ask first-hand questions about our pioneer history. 

Sometimes an interpreter will be doing special activities in a building, such as working in the Blacksmith Shop, cooking in the farm house, or  operating the swedish barn loom in the   Artisan Center.  Old-fashioned games and candy are available for purchase at the gift shop, and students can participate in a mini one-room school session. 

History in Action Days last from approximately 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., and the day is full of interactive activities. 

Spring HIA will be May 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th

Fall HIA days are scheduled for September 26th and, October 3rd, & 10th

We will be limiting our attendees to 600 per HIA Day. Be sure to get your reservations in early!


One Room School Experience

The One Room School Experience provides a glimpse of an actual day of school for individual classrooms in our Marchido School, which is an

original one-room school from Mason County, built in 1895.  Students study lessons read from the McGuffey’s Reader and experience recess, as it would have happened over one hundred years ago.  When possible, we provide a school marm to teach the lessons and provide knowledge of classrooms in the late 1800’s.  After your ORS experience the village will  be open for a self-guided tour. 

Students normally arrive around 10:00 A.M.,  and leave around 2:00 P.M. 

We are now hosting second generation students whose parents fondly remember their own experience while visiting Historic White Pine    Village and attending the one room school.




$  9.00 per student

$12.00 per chaperone