News & Events
News & Events

Special Events

Our special events promise to be fun for the family, so be sure to mark them on your calendar. Never been to one of our special events? Come check them out! You won’t regret it.

Click here to view the 2015 event calendar!

  • 33rd Annual 4th of July

    33rd Annual 4th of July

    33rd Annual 4th of July & Veterans Bar-B-Que is July 4, 2015 from 11:30am - 4pm, event admission is FREE! Flag raising and remembrance begin before the Bar-B-Que. Games begin at 1:00 pm on the village green. Everyone is encouraged to bring a home-made pie to be judged by our expert panel. Pies will be auctioned off to help keep this event FREE to the public!

    The Veterans Association Complete Pork & Chicken Bar-B-Que Buffet will run from 12:30 pm - 4 pm in the Walnut Grove. Cost for the fundraising Bar-B-Que is $8 for adults, $5 for children.

    12:00 p.m.: Flag Raising Ceremony and Salute to Veterans
    12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Complete Pork Bar-B-Que Buffet, hosted by the Veterans Association, prices $8/Adult and $5 for children
    1 p.m.: Old-Fashioned Fun in the Historic Village
    Games––Races––Contests––Pie Judging––Pie Auction

    Check out the event flier here.

  • 44th Annual Gas & Steam Engine Show

    44th Annual Gas & Steam Engine Show

    The Gas & Steam Engine Show is July 10-11, 2015. You'll see the history of engines by the way of steam boats, tractor parades, a working sawmill and more. Admission is Adults $5.00, Kids $3.00 ages 5 - 12.

    View the event flier here.

  • Civil War Muster July 18-19, 2015 - see history come alive with hundreds of re-enactors depicting Confederate and Union Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery units. Shop on Sutler Row, play parlor games, see military demonstrations. Admission is Adults $6.00, Kids $4.00 ages 5 - 12 years, 4 and under are free.

    Event Schedule and Activities can be viewed here.
    Click the headline above for 2015 Re-enactor Registration Forms. If you would like to register your unit online, please click here.

  • Antique Outboard Motor Show/County Wide Yard Sale

    Antique Outboard Motor Show/County Wide Yard Sale

    Antique Outboard Motor Show July 25, 2015 from 9am - 2pm. Location is at the Mini-Shelter East. Free admission.

    The County Wide Yard Sale is July 25, 2015 from 9am - 3pm. Vendor spaces are 15x30 & space fee is $10.00 per space, $15.00 day of sale per space. Free admission to the public.

    Scroll down to the end of this page and click 2015 Vendor Opportunities for registration forms.

  • Great Lakes Longbow Invitational

    Great Lakes Longbow Invitational

    Great Lakes Longbow Invitational August 7-9, 2015 the GLLI is a full weekend of longbow shooting & browsing traditional archery vendors. There will be shooting events for all ages and skill levels. Admission is Adults $6.00, Kids 15 & under enter and shoot for free.

    Event flier coming soon.




  • County Yard Sale/August Fest

    County Yard Sale/August Fest

    Saturday, August 15th from 9am to 4pm will be our 4th Annual August Fest. See vintage cars of years past while touring the Village and Museum during our yard sale, swap meet, and car show. Over thirty (30) sale vendors on the grounds and food vendors will be available, so you can spend the whole day on site. Household items, tools, clothes, car parts, baked goods, arts, crafts, direct sales and much more can all be found by walking around on the big green by the park office. Free Admission to all activities for the day! Vendor spaces are still available or the yard sale & swap meet area for $10 in advance and $15 day of show. Car registration is $10 per vehicle and we will be doing awards, trophies, and door prizes.

    Scroll down to end of this page and click on 2015 Vendor Opportunities for registration forms

  • Happy Tails Dog Run

    Happy Tails Dog Run

    The Happy Tails Dog Run will take place at Historic Charlton Park on September 12. You can opt to run/walk the 5k with or without your dog or walk one mile with your dog.

    Check back for race information!



  • Walk In The Spirit Pow Wow

    Walk In The Spirit Pow Wow

    Walk in the Spirit Pow Wow September 19-20, 2015 from 10:00am - 8:30pm on Sept. 19 and from 10:00am - 5pm on Sept. 20. The public is invited to experience Native American culture through a traditional pow wow including authentic dancing and drumming, arts and crafts and native foods. Admission is Adults $6.00 and Kids $4.00 ages 5 -12.

    Event flier coming soon.







  • Fall Harvest Festival and Tractor Show

    Fall Harvest Festival and Tractor Show

    The Fall Harvest Festival is September 25-27, 2015 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day. The public is invited to experience first-hand the fall harvest techniques and activities from the early-to-mid 1900s. Admission is Adults $6.00 and Kids $4.00 ages 5 -12.

    Event flier coming soon.

  • All Hallows Evening

    All Hallows Evening

    All Hallows Evening October 24, 2015 from 3pm - 6pm. This family oriented event begins with trick - or - treat through the Historic Village. Take a hay ride, enjoy a glass of cider. There will be the annual costume parade, followed by costume judging and awards. Admission is $3.00 per person,12 and under are FREE!

    Event flier coming soon.


  • Of Christmas Past

    Of Christmas Past

    Historic Charlton Park’s turn-of-the-century village is the setting for Of Christmas Past! Come out and enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and activities of the late 1800’s. On Saturday and Sunday, December 12 & 13, 2015, from noon to 5:00 p.m., you are invited to tour the village & enjoy Christmas at Historic Charlton Park.

    Adults and children are welcome to try their hands at traditional crafts and ornaments, including hand-dipped candles. Tour the village in a mule-drawn wagon (additional cost) and stop at the Carlton Center Church to listen to live music. Everyone is encouraged to sample traditional holiday fare, wassail, and fresh roasted chestnuts. The gift shop will feature an array of holiday toys, games and keepsakes for all ages. St. Nicholas will also be stopping by!

    Admission to Christmas Past is $6 for adults and $4 for children 4 to 12. There is no additional cost for crafts. For more information on the Of Christmas Past celebration, contact Historic Charlton Park at (269) 945-3775.

    Event flier coming soon!

​Dogs: Dogs are welcome at any time! Please keep them leashed (maximum length 6 ft.) and pick up after them. Dogs are not allowed in the buildings. Before you decide to bring your furry companion, please consult the event schedule - certain events are loud and may cause your pet undue stress.