- 1920 Classroom
The Museum building itself was designated a Michigan Historical Site in 2000.
The original Hanover Horton High School was built on this site in 1874.
After a fire destroyed this structure in 1910, a new two-story brick construction
took its place and was used until 1958. The Hanover-Horton Area Historical Society
acquired the building in 1977 for use as a local museum.
Lee Conklin's antique reed organs, along with others acquired since his death,
are displayed in what was once the gymnasium. The ninety-five fully restored organs
and melodeons is one of the largest collections in the United States.
The Zella Gilmore Classroom is named in honor a long-time teacher in the school.
Furnished with turn-of-the-century pupil desks and the original teacher's desk and chair,
the room also features a recitation bench, dunce stool, schoolbooks, slates, maps and
children's toys. Portraits of Washington and Linclon that always hung in the classrooms
of that period and a 46-star flag help to take visitors back in time. Mrs. Gilmore's upright
Steinway piano occupies one corner of the classroom.
The second floor hosts many exhibits of local interest such as the interior of a typical
1900's household, old record playing machines, a large handmade rug loom, and a unique
1890's dog-powered treadmill butter churn. Of special local interest are a job press
and printing equipment from the former Hanover-Horton Local and the Hanover manual
telephone switchboard. Other displays show old photographs of local businesses and the
railroad which served the area, woodworking and hand tools, antique clothing, Civil War
and Stony Point Quarry "ghost town" artifacts. The museum also boasts of a small gift shop in which the visitor can purchase a variety
of quality handmade items.