The Sanford Centennial Museum, Sanford, Michigan

The Sanford Centennial Museum houses an extensive local history collection. There are nine historic buildings, including two schools, a general store, log cabin, township hall, church, train depot and train, all authentically restored and furnished. Inside the buildings, collections include vintage tools, implements from the logging days, political memorabilia, a dentist's office, a saloon, toys, household goods, and much more. Come visit us!

We are located on the Tittabawassee River one mile off US Highway 10, near Sanford Lake and across from the Pere Marquette Rail Trail.


Please join the Sanford Historical Society as we celebrate the following events: Opening Day/Veterans Salute; Log Cabin Day; Model Trains Display; Founders Day; and Santa Express.

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Become a Member

Become a member of the Sanford Historical Society! Benefits include a subscription to LOG MARKS, a newsletter which is published four times from April to November and participation in membership meetings.

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Give Local Midland

24 hours. 50 nonprofits. Give where you live. We are joining hundreds of communities across the country in a one-day giving challenge to raise funds for nonprofits. Over 50 local nonprofit organizations are participating. On May 2nd, 2017 we have just 24 hours to donate to the endowment funds of these organizations...

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Explore Our Historic Buildings

Log Cabin - Moved in 1971. Clare Z. Bailey Chapel - Moved in 1979. Jerome Township Hall - Moved in 1983. Rail Depot - Moved in 1984. Felix School - Moved in 1991. Olson General Store - Moved in 1993.

Six of the nine historic buildings on the museum’s grounds were transported for restoration, preservation, and public viewing.

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Our News

  • Opening Day/Veterans Salute 2017:

    Event: 5.27.2017

    Please join us as we celebrate the opening of the museum for the 2017 season on Saturday, May 27th, at 10 a.m.

    The annual Fallen Veterans and Gold Star Mothers Tribute ceremony is on the same date at 1 p.m. Afterwards, light refreshments are served. The grounds and facility are in great shape for the spring and the attractions can be reached via sidewalks. There is a lot to see and experience, so come join us for opening day!

  • Log Cabin Day 2017:

    Event: 6.25.2017

    Log Cabin Day Our Smith cabin, equipped with period furnishings, is featured this year on June 25, 2017. Refreshments are served and special events offered, providing educational and reminiscent fun for our visitors.

    To find out more about Log Cabin Days, visit the Log Cabin Society of Michigan web site.

  • May Membership Meeting 2017:

    Event: 5.17.2017

    May Membership Meeting The May 17th membership meeting of the Sanford Historical Society promises to be most outstanding! Our scheduled History Moment Speaker is Kyle Bagnall, who is the Manager of Historical Programs for the Chippewa Nature Center. Kyle will be presenting his multimedia PowerPoint program, Railroads & Rivers: A Michigan Lumbering Tale.

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About Us

The Sanford Centennial Museum began with a school house that was built in 1910. It was added on to in 1939 by the WPA. In 1970, the town of Sanford celebrated its centennial and, as part of the celebration, set up a historical exhibit in the empty schoolhouse.

It was so successful, the town decided to make it permanent.

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Visit Us

Open Memorial Day to Labor Day

Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST
Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. EST
Admission - Free

Open Anytime By Appointment

We Love to do Tours &
Weddings in the Chapel


1 Donor Tree: Pay tribute to someone special with a displayed commemorative pinecone.

2 Veterans Memorial: Remember your loved one who served in our Armed Forces with a permanent brick.

3 Fundraising Items For Purchase: Founder's Day T-shirts and more are available at the Museum.

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