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the alton historic church museum

Alton Historic Church MuseumAt the intersection of Lincoln Lake road and 3 Mile Ave, just 5 miles north of Lowell, lies the village of Alton. The bare crossroads today give but one clue to the thriving village that once existed. Here, where once the first log school house in Vergennes township once stood, stands the historic Alton church building, surrounded by cemetery. The Alton church, owned by the community, housed numerous church congregations through the years, and is now home to displays that bring the village to life.

Families fleeing the Canadian rebellion of 1838 settled the Alton village. The village grew steadily over time, until the 1890’s, when the village saw a great immigration of Swiss settlers. It later declined as the railroad passed the village by.

The Alton Historic Church museum is open by appointment.

altonchurchmuseum@yahoo.com

Research Room

Please contact us for a list of documents, journals, and family histories available for research.

Current Events

  • The Lowell Area Historical Museum has created a traveling display titled “Ghost Towns Around Lowell”. This display features Alton and Moseley. It will be on display at the Alton Bible Church from March 28 – April 25, 2008. The church is open most weekdays 9 am – 3 pm. It is best to call ahead at 616/897-5648. Sunday services are at 11:00 am and 6:00 pm.
     

  • Coming soon!! May 3 & 4, Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The Alton Historic Church Museum will open as part of “Spring Into the Past”, an effort of the Tri-River Small Historical Museums Network, with over 17 museums located along the Flat River, Grand River and Thornapple River. The museums will be open for a weekend of exciting glimpses into yesteryear. Please email us for a copy of the “Spring Into the Past” brochure! Brochures, with maps included, are also available at each of the stops.

Your help is needed!

We are currently seeking:

  • Descendents of Alton residents. We would like a bio of your ancestor and a picture if available. Help us honor YOUR family!
     

  • Bio information and pictures of Veterans from the Alton area, especially those buried in the Alton cemetery.
     

  • Copies of pictures of anyone married in the Alton Historic Church.
     

  • ANY information regarding the village of Alton!

altonchurchmuseum@yahoo.com

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