30 April 2014

Last Day Local: Kimball House in Battle Creek, Michigan

The Kimball House Museum, 196 Capital Ave., NE, Battle Creek, Michigan

Two turrets, beautiful colored glass windows, and 14 rooms are just part of what makes the Kimball House Museum a unique part of Battle Creek history.  The Queen Anne style home was built in 1886 for Dr. Arthur Kimball and his wife, Marion.  It was considered an upper middle class home at the time.  Three generations of Kimball's lived here until it was donated to the community.  The Junior League of Battle Creek was instrumental in preserving the home for visitors to enjoy.

Today, visitors can enjoy the restored Victorian home and wander through the Pioneer Room, the General Store, servant quarters and more.  A Sojourner Truth display of mementos and artifacts of her time in Battle Creek is on the second floor.  It is open to the public on the 1st and 3rd Sunday's of the month, from 1-4 p.m.  The Historical Society of Battle Creek runs the museum now.  The Historical Society offers great educational activities and programs here.  I have attended a few.

The Kimball House Museum is a Michigan Historic Site.

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