History In Action Days

Our 2017 Spring History in Action Days will be presented to school tour groups from across West Michigan on the following Thursdays- May 11, 18, and 25. History in Action Days are special educational and fun-filled days, providing students with a chance to experience a village setting and visit our pioneer past. Visitors may watch a blacksmith fire up his forge, view cooking in the farmhouse kitchen, purchase a candy stick in the old General Store, see candles being made, learn about earlier medical remedies in the Doctor’s Office, and hear the sound of a sawmill cutting a log into lumber. Mini School sessions are held throughout the day in an authentic One Room School. Students and their chaperones will also have an opportunity to talk with interpreters at most of the over twenty-nine sites as they share their own insight into village life.

Spring History In Action Dates: Thursdays- May 11th , 18th , 25th, and June 1st

Fall History In Action Dates:  Thursdays- September 28th and October 5th , 12th

Reservation Information

The special school rate of $6.00 per student and chaperone applies to any of our school tours.

Please contact us for further information or to make reservations. Reservation forms can be mailed to

One Room School House Experience for Students

Each spring we have hundreds of students attend our One Room School Experience. The One Room School Experience provides 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 attending actually study lessons, read from the McGuffey’s Reader and experience recess, as it would have happened over one hundred years ago. We provide an abundance of materials and support, as well as an on-site assistant, and the teacher is free to cater the program to their classroom. We also provide a short artisan demonstration and a partial tour of the village. Students normally arrive around 10:00 A.M., and leave at 2:30 P.M.. Scheduling for these days is done on an individual classroom basis, so please call for details.

Reservation Information

The special school rate of $6.00 per student and chaperone applies to any of our school tours.

Please contact us for further information or to make reservations. Reservation forms can be mailed to

Self-Guided School Tours

School groups are welcome to make a reservation to visit the Village on any day that we’re open. Our hours during the spring and fall are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., . When visiting on a regular day, as opposed to a History in Action Day, there won’t be as many interpreters and activities, but we will do our best to make sure that your visit is enjoyable. Maps of Historic White Pine Village and question sheets that give the students something to look for in each building are available at no charge.

Reservation Information

The special school rate of $6.00 per student and chaperone applies to any of our school tours.

Please contact us for further information or to make reservations. Reservation forms can be mailed to


For groups of 10 to 70 interested in history.

The Mason County Historical Society at Historic White Pine Village would like to invite groups to visit and experience our facility, Historic White Pine Village, as part of their touring/travel plans. We would welcome groups to travel to our village for a very enjoyable tour of over twenty-nine buildings and sites of history and then allow us to serve you a light lunch as part of your experience.

Your self-guided tour would be along our nostalgic and beautiful walkways. Enjoy strolling past or visiting the One Room School, 1855 Courthouse, Blacksmith Shop, General Store, Farmhouse and Siddon Print Shop. Three of our buildings are log and many others are original buildings moved to the village over the years. Historic White Pine Village depicts the history of Mason County through the use of artifacts and archives appropriately displayed in each building.

Either at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of your tour we will serve you a light lunch. The menu might read as follows: Sandwiches, Potato Chips, Relish or Veggie Tray, Fresh Fruit, Hand-dipped Ice Cream,  Lemonade and Coffee.

This package, including tour and lunch, will be provided for a sum of $ 21.95 per person. In addition, our fine gift shop will be open for those interested.

Howard and Arlene Timmer, coordinators for Calvary Church, Grand Rapids, wrote of their visit; “They were fascinated by all of the tools, musical instruments, clocks, church and especially the hardware store. You served us a very nice lunch and the price was reasonable. We have and will continue to recommend your facility to other groups for a trip into the past”.

Paula J. VanHofwegen, Secretary of Senior Adult Ministries of Grand Rapids First Assembly of God Church, wrote following their group “Forever Young” trip, “They were very impressed with everything they saw. Many in our group said that they learned things they never knew about this area. They were especially impressed with how your staff went out of their way to be informative and helpful. They also said how much they enjoyed the luncheon that was provided for them. All in all, they thought they received a very good value for the price of their tour”.

For additional information please write, e-mail, call, or explore more pages on this web site. Mason County Historical Society at Historic White Pine Village, 1687 S. Lakeshore Drive, Ludington, Michigan 49431. Phone: (231) 843-4808 or . You can also download a pdf copy of our Tour and Light Lunch Package brochure by clicking the following: Tour/Light Lunch Brochure.


Thanks for your interest in visiting Historic White Pine Village!  We hope that you will be pleased with our options and the uniqueness of our village.  We’re excited to share Mason County’s history with your tour group!

Historic White Pine Village opened in 1976 with eleven buildings.  One of those was the first Mason County Courthouse, which was built in 1849, and is on its original grounds.  Today, there are over twenty-nine museum buildings to tour, including the Courthouse.  Many of the buildings are original and were moved to the village.  The exhibits encompass many areas of interest, such as maritime, lumbering, government, farm life, early education, businesses, blacksmithing, household décor, religion, music, health, sports, transportation, and life in general from the late 1800’s to the mid 1900’s.  There’s something for everyone!  We also have an Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor in our Town Hall where snacks can be purchased, including locally made ice cream.  Our quaint Gift Shop will be open as well.  Visitors can browse through the gift shop containing locally made jam, honey, and maple syrup products, old-fashioned wooden toys, Historic White Pine Village memorabilia, shirts, books, and CDs by local artists such as the Scottville Clown Band, to mention a few items.

The regular admission price includes a self-guided tour of the village. Normally, it takes between 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours to enjoy the entire village.  Visitors can stroll on the paths and take in the scenery and seasonal flowers, tour the themed buildings, and take a trip down memory lane.  Most of the buildings and paths are handicap accessible. We also offer a Tour and Light Lunch Package.  For this admission price, visitors enjoy everything mentioned above as well as a light lunch served in our Dining Hall.  Another option is having an interpreter in one of the buildings or set up on the grounds.  For information on the various options, please see the pricing sheet link below. Tour booklets are available for $2.00 each.

We hope to see you soon!  Please call or e-mail the office to make sure that the day you would like to tour Historic White Pine Village is available, and then return the linked tour group form to make your reservation. Phone: (231) 843-4808 or . You may download two pdf forms for further information: “Group Tour Pricing” and “Group Tour Reservation Form”.