Treasuring Special Moments In Time
Walk into the Wayne Historical Museum, and you will be transported back in time to an era when the horse and buggy was "the" main transportation available, and the only way to heat your house was with a wood-burning stove.
The Historical Museum, which maintains more than 100 exhibits, is located in downtown Wayne just five minutes from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
The two-story building was constructed in 1878. The Village of Wayne and Nankin Township (Westland) occupied it. In 1900, the Village purchased fire equipment, which resulted in an addition being built to the facility to house the various tools.
In 1926, the Village of Wayne created a police department, and a jail was constructed in the basement of the Historical Museum. By 1928, Nankin Township built its own facility. The Wayne Museum then became home for the Village offices, the police department and the fire department. It remained this way until 1950 when the police department moved into a new station on Sims Avenue.
In 1952, the fire department moved out to its new location on South Wayne Road. The Chamber of Commerce and the Junior Achievements then developed an office at the Historical Museum.
In 1964, the building officially became the Wayne Historical Museum. In July of 1963, the City Council adopted the Historical Ordinance that created the Historical Commission, which oversees the collection and preservation of Wayne's History.
On March 19, 1985, the City Council approved the site plan recommended by the Historical Commission for the expansion and renovation of the historical Museum. The money to fund this project was a result of Historical Fund Requests by Floyd Warner, Clara Hosie and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Brenden. The new addition, dedicated to the public on Sept. 4, 1986, did not cost the taxpayers any money. The State of Michigan Historical Marker was dedicated to the public Oct 25, 1987.
Regularly, the Wayne Historical Museum is open to visitors from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Friday and Saturday and by appointment Monday through Thursday.
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