As promised, here are a few of the pictures taken on our recent visit to The Midway Village Museum featured in my Walking Squares in Rockford post. When it was only a village, Rockford was originally called Midway and the Main Museum Center, which is open year round, covers some 20,000 square feet including six large galleries filled with interesting artifacts related to Rockford and its history. The Victorian-era Village is a seasonal experience, open from June through September. Although the buildings were closed for the winter when we visited, we took a walk around the village and saw enough to make us want to visit again next year and take one of their guided tours.
Interpreters in period dress will guide you on a one hour tour through 26 historical buildings filled with artifacts from the early 1900’s. There are also eight gardens that typify Victorian-era horticulture. Although one hour isn’t anywhere near long enough to cover the entire village, it does state on its website that if you are interested in any particular building, you can request that it be included in the tour. I’m curious to see how that works.
There are several special events, programs and fundraisers held throughout the year and there are also private rental opportunities available at the Museum. At $8 or $7 for seniors, the price of admission to the Main Center Museum was well worth it and an additional $2 for the guided tour of the Village seems to be a very reasonable amount.
I also noticed on their website that they have an Historic Iris Preservation Garden that has a collection of rare irises dating from the 1500’s to 1910, with private tours during the bloom season. Interesting! And The Woodward Millhouse can be toured by appointment only so, if you’re planning on going to the Museum, make sure you visit their website to check out all hours, dates, etc.