On Display at the Museum

   Plan a visit to the Coopersville Area Historical Society Museum to see the large and impressive model of the County Poor Farm barn that was built in the early 1930s.

   The Poor Farm, on Leonard Road, was later known as the Infirmary, County Farm and then Ottawa County Community Haven.

   The Poor Farm, established in 1866, served those who could not take care of themselves and had no where else to turn for help. Each Poor Farm resident worked there in whatever capacity they could. The Farm became not just a facility but a place where everyone had a particular task and belonged.

   Although the residence is gone, the barn still stands as a reminder of this special place. The barn model was built in 2010 by Mr. Sharon Schut. It is interesting how he was able to replicate with such care the architectural detail of the historic building.

Museum Hours

Tuesday: 2:00 pm~5:30 pm, Wednesday: 10:00 am~2:00 pm,

Friday 1:00 pm~4:00 pm, Saturday: 10:00 am~4:00 pm.

Other times and group tours by appointment.