in KENT COUNTY
Oakfield Museum at 11009 Podunk Road is under the direction of the
Oakfield Township Historical Commission of seven township residents
appointed by the township supervisor with approval of the township
board. The Commission meets at the museum at 10:00 a.m. the third
Thursday of April, June, August and October. Others interested in the
museum and history of Oakfield township are encouraged to attend the
meetings and/or the volunteer days the opposite months to help with
museum operation or make suggestions to the Commission. Besides
museum operation, the Commission also identifies historic sites in the
township. Thanks to the Kent County Road Commission, a sign has now
been placed at the site of the Oakfield Center Mill just south of the
museum on Podunk Road. The mill was built in 1864 and was the center of
much activity until the 1950s, as farmers brought their grains to be
ground, catching up on the latest news as they waited. Three
generations of the Jones family operated the mill during its heyday.
The mill was removed in 1997 when the dam had to be rebuilt.
Oakfield Museum is closed for the winter and will reopen the first
weekend of May for the annual “Spring Into the Past” tour of small
museums sponsored by the Tri-River Historical Museum Network. Most of
the thirty-three member museums/historical societies are open from 11
am to 5 pm Saturday and noon-5 pm Sunday that weekend. After that, the
Oakfield Museum is open from 2 to 4 pm the second and fourth Sundays of
June through September. Each year, over 150 people visit the
Oakfield Museum, including three classes of second graders from Lincoln
Heights Elementary School who come each year as part of their
curriculum on community.
The building that houses the museum
was originally built in 1901 by the Ancient Order of Gleaners for its
meeting hall, then purchased by the township in 1931 to serve as the
township hall until the new hall was built on M-57 in the 1980s.
Several unique items once stored in a hidden cabinet may be the only
such Gleaner artifacts still in existence. A couple area Gleaner Arbors
also support the museum with a work day and donations which are much
appreciated.Everyone is encouraged to visit the Oakfield Museum to
learn more of the local history and perhaps help with its operation.
For more information, contact Sharon Bouck, 616-754-4553 or Judy Gager,
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