2010 History Book

Wing House Museum

Open the 3rd Saturday every month

Noon to 4:00 p.m.



by appointment

(269) 251-7178





Add your family name on a piece of Coldwater History.  The Branch County Historical Society is selling engraved paving bricks to be placed in the sidewalk entrance from Jefferson Street to the steps of the main entrance to the museum.

Show your family name on a brick to all who enter, and your support to the Wing House Museum by purchasing either a 4” x 8”, or an 8” x 8” brick inscribed with your special message. Logos are an option on the 8” x 8” bricks with an additional $25 charge.

Honor the memory of a loved one, express your gratitude to a special friend or family
member, or simply tell the visitors who enter just how much you appreciate the
existence such an historic site in your community.


Print off the PDF form(s) below or call (269) 268-0280.

4” X 8” Engraved Brick Order Form
4” X 8” Engraved Brick Order Form

Genealogy Information

Click the above link for information about

Branch County Genealogy

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                 Historically Speaking           

Step back in time to a less complicated life when water came from the cistern, there was a fireplace in every room for heat and forms of elegance could be found in decor to glassware. The Wing House Museum located at 27 S. Jefferson Street in Coldwater, Michigan is a prime example of 19th century Second Empire architecture. Learn how families worked and thrived in the late 1800’s at this home museum that is one of the few open year-around to the public by appointment.  Please contact Penny at (517) 278-8030 for a tour.

The home was built for newlyweds Jay and Frances Chandler in 1875. Discover the turn of events that led to the dissolution of their marriage and the subsequent sale of their beautiful home to prominent businessman Lucius Wing in 1882.

Home was purchased from the Wing Family and became home to the Branch County Historical Society. The Society hosts an annual Holiday Home Tour and Old Fashioned Wassail the first Saturday in December, Friday Night Desserts following Tibbits professional players performances, they host private dinners, luncheons and other fund raisers to keep this jewel maintained.

The Branch County Historical Society is committed to preserving the heritage of the County, including Bronson, Coldwater, Quincy and Union City. We are always looking for new ideas and members to help with this cause. For more information or if you are interested in joining the organization, please click here.

The Wing House Museum


About Branch County, Michigan
Located along the U.S. 12 Heritage Route

Branch County was a primeval wilderness a little more than one hundred and fifty years ago, inhabited only by the Potawatommie Indians. While it is true that there were trading posts within the limits of what is now, Branch County as early as 1825. The first actual white settler appears to have been Jabe Bronson, who made his home in 1828 in the city now bearing his name, Bronson.

The old Sauk Trail between Detroit and Chicago (now known as Chicago Rd. Or US 12) saw great numbers of pioneers passing this way, bound Illinois and other parts of what was then the “far west”. The presence of the Indians deterred many that would otherwise have settled here.

It was in 1821 that Chief Topinabee and his people sold to the white man what is now the County of Branch, though they continued to occupy it as before, on reservations. Branch County is now home to many manufacturers that supply parts to the automotive industry.

Named for John Branch, President Andrew Jackson's secretary of the navy, was one of thirteen counties established by the territorial legislature in 1829. The village of Branch, located three miles southwest of Coldwater was the original county seat, but in 1842 county commissioners decreed that the seat be moved to Coldwater. In 1848 a courthouse was erected on this site.

The Chicago Road (now US-12) and the coming of the Michigan Southern Railroad in 1850 attracted settlers. During the 1850s and 1860s, Coldwater was a horse training and breeding center. Local breeders provided three thousand horses to the Union Army during the Civil War. In the 1870s and 1880s, the manufacture of cigars contributed to Coldwater's prosperity. In 1882, some 13.4 million cigars were manufactured in Coldwater.

Chief Topinabee
John Branch

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