WHO WE ARE
When the first known historical society was organized on August 16, 1878, in Branch County, they declared their goal to be, “The collecting and preserving of historical biographical or other information in relation to Branch County”. They went by the name of The Pioneer Society, and you were required to have resided in Branch County for a minimum of thirty years in order to be a member. Needless-to-say, they were seeking the participation of the very early settlers who had purchased government land, cleared their ground and built their own log cabins. There was no hidden meaning to their intent when they said, Pioneer Society.
In 2010, member, David McDonald, was in the process of commencing a new Branch County history book. In his early research work, he came across several pieces of information that had been accumulated and saved at the Wing House Museum on people and events within the community. From this, he commenced writing a newspaper article called “Historically Speaking”. As research for the history book brought about information on a number of people and events from the community’s past, it provided easy material for his newspaper articles. Thus, began a series of articles shared with the community.
WING HOUSE MUSEUM
STEP BACK IN TIME to a less complicated life when water came from the well, there was a fireplace in nearly every room for heat, and all forms of elegance could be found from the décor to the glassware.
The Wing House Museum located at 27 S. Jefferson Street in Coldwater, MI is a prime example of 19th century Victorian Second Empire architecture. Learn how families worked and thrived in the late 1800s at this home museum that is open year-round to the public by appointment.