If you’re looking for an escape from the world of hustle and bustle, you’ve come to the right place. The historic English Inn Restaurant and Pub, located in Eaton Rapids, MI, is exactly that and so much more. The old world flavor of the Medovue Estate, which serves as our home along the Grand River, offers peace and refined relaxation.
Just 30 minutes northeast of the English Inn’s borders, however, there is another place where time seems to stand still: Meridian Historical Village.
Into The Past
The construction of Meridian Historical Village began in 1973, not 1873, but all of the buildings really are from the 19th century.
The village was constructed in Okemos’ Central Park, overlooking Lake Catherine, as a way to preserve and enliven local history. The Friends of Historic Meridian formed as a nonprofit volunteer organization in 1974 to maintain and preserve the village.
The historic buildings that make up the village came from around the region. Moved into place and then restored to offer visitors a peep into the day to day lives of 19th-century settlers.
The buildings include a classic one-room schoolhouse, farmhouse and barn, general store, inn, chapel, and log cabin. The village is also home to Michigan’s only remaining plank road tollgate house. But don’t worry – visiting Meridian Historical Village is free (but donations are certainly appreciated)!
Meridian Historical Village
5151 Marsh Rd, Okemos, MI 48864
Meridian Historical Village grounds and trails are open all year long. The historic buildings are open to the public on Saturdays, from 10am to 2pm, May through October.
Southern Michigan Lodging
The English Inn Restaurant & Pub in Eaton Rapids is your answer to fine dining and accommodations! The English Inn offers luxurious guest rooms, a fine dining restaurant, and English pub. And all in a historic mansion on 15 acres of beautifully manicured grounds overlooking the Grand River. Best of all, it is all less than half an hour’s drive from the Capital City, Lansing! Do yourself the favor and book your stay at The English Inn Restaurant & Pub today!
Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo is always good for a visit – but during the holiday season it really shines. In fact, the zoo’s annual Wonderland of Lights and Winter Wine & Stein events have become a part of the area’s holiday traditions.
Two popular events that help to make the Lansing holiday season bright every year are held at Potter Park Zoo. Actually, the zoo hosts numerous special events throughout the year.
Potter Park Zoo
1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing, MI 48912
Potter Park Zoo is home to more than 500 animals from 160 different species, many of which are threatened or endangered. Their population includes African lions, Amur tigers, snow leopards, black rhinos, meerkats, lemurs, mandrills and more. The zoo opened in the 1920’s and has been wowing visitors ever since.
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