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.

  • 35th Annual 4th of July

    35th Annual 4th of July

    35th Annual 4th of July & Veterans Bar-B-Que is July 4, 2017 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 TBD.

  • 46th Annual Gas & Steam Engine Show

    46th Annual Gas & Steam Engine Show

    The Gas & Steam Engine Show is July 7-8, 2017. You'll see the history of engines by the way of steam boats, tractor parades, a working sawmill and more. Admission is Adults $6.00, Kids $4.00 ages 5 - 12.

  • Civil War Muster July 15-16, 2017 - 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.

    2017 Civil War Schedule

    Click the link in the headline to download reenactor, modern camping and vendor/sutler registration forms.

    For online registration click here.

    Host units which have provided links to their website are listed below:
    12th South Carolina and 4th Michigan Volunteers

  • August Fest Car Show and Thunder at the Park Motorcycle Show/Swap Meet

    August Fest Car Show and Thunder at the Park Motorcycle Show/Swap Meet

    August 5, 2017, 9 am - 1 pm
    See vintage cars and motorcycles of all sorts while touring the Village and Museum during our August Fest yard sale, swap meet, and car show. Over thirty (30) sale vendors on the grounds and a food vendor will be available, so you can spend the whole day on site. Household items, tools, clothes, car parts, 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 available for the yard sale & swap meet area for $10 in advance and $15 day of show. Car/bike registration is $10 per vehicle and we will be doing awards, trophies, and door prizes.

  • Great Lakes Longbow Invitational

    Great Lakes Longbow Invitational

    Great Lakes Longbow Invitational August 11-13, 2017 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.

  • Outdoor Youth Day

    Outdoor Youth Day

    The 4th annual Outdoor Youth Day will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 9. It is a FREE day of fun where kids can get hands-on experience in many different outdoor activities. Hiking, Archery, Bird watching, Fishing, Target Shooting, Biking, Trapping, Canoeing and Kayaking, Fly Tying, Working Dog Demonstrations and MUCH MORE! For more information call Barry Conservation District, 269-948-8056, or visit

  • Fall Harvest Festival and Tractor Show

    Fall Harvest Festival and Tractor Show

    The Fall Harvest Festival is September 22-24, 2017 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.

  • All Hallows Evening

    All Hallows Evening

    All Hallows Evening is October 28, 2017 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 also be a costume contest and awards. Admission is $4.00 per person,12 and under are FREE!

  • 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 9-10, 2017, from 11 a.m – 4 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 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.

​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.