Farwell Museum

Farwell Area Historical Museum

Additional Information
Regarding the
Farwell Museum
or Farwell Chamber of Commerce
221 West Main Street
P. O. Box 824
221 West Main Street,
Farwell, MI 48622
(989) 588-0580
Located next to Rails to Trails
Annual Membership Fee
$10 per individual
$15 per couple

Farwell Museum
Built in 1882

Farwell Museum Former Site of Ladies Library Association

Farwell Museum
Meetings are the
3rd Wednesday
of Every Month at 6:30

Open Hours:
Year Around
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
1:30 - 5:30 P.M.
May thru September
Noon to 4 P.M.
Call for holiday hours!

Member of the Michigan
Historical Society

The Ladies Library Association was Incorporated in 1879.

In February 1882 the Farwell Land Company gave property to "The Ladies Library Association" to establish and build a local library. The community donated labor, material, and books. The present building was completed in January 1883.

On January 1, 1888 the Library was dedicated and declared free from debt.

Besides a library, the building was used for area church suppers, the Rebekah Lodge. Later, the Farwell Women's club held meetings in the building. For a few years the Methodist and Congregational Ladies Aids held 10 cent dinners here. During the World War the activities included Red Cross work. In 1931 the Township rented the building for a public Library until the present one was built. During this period the Library suffered a fire and was badly damaged, and the public responded again with labor and donations.

Surrey Township rented the building for their Library. In 1931 until they moved into a new building in 1975. After the new Library was built the Ladies Library Association turned the building over to the Historical Society. In 1977, "The Ladies Library Association" became "The Farwell Area Historical Museum Association" There has always been two goals for these organizations: One, to serve the community and a second to maintain the integrity of the building. In 1999 a project was undertaken to expand and renovate the building, and the Farwell Museum was refurbished with the community support.

In 2003 the Museum became the home of the Farwell Area Chamber of Commerce. This is a benefit for both the Museum and the Chamber. The Chamber has a home, and the Farwell Museum is open more. This is a great way to use and show off one of the few remaining old structures in Farwell. Either group may be contacted by calling: (989) 588-0580.

Historical Pictures
Picture Gallery
Farwell Train Depot

Michigan Geneology on the Web
Roots Web-Clare, MI
Other Links
Farwell Chamber of Commerce
Farwell Area Schools
Wikipedia-Farwell, MI
Surrey Township Library
Clare County Visitor's & Convention Center
Surrey Township
Wikipedia-Surrey Township
Historical Society Information Link to Farwell
Historical Society of Michigan
Michigan Historical Museums Guide
Clare Historical Society