Michigan Flywheelers Museum

Michigan Flywheelers Museum Located on almost 80 acres east of South Haven, the Michigan Flywheelers Museum is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Come visit and take a tour of our Old Towne area with exhibits like the Farm Machinery Repair Shop and Over the Hill Forge.
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A 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of antique engines and tractors. Located on almost 80 acres near the coastline of Lake Michigan, the museum offers visitors a chance to step back in time and learn about our farming history that was so important in the development of our country. Exhibits include a sawmill, shinglemill and Old Towne area with a working blacksmith shop, old jail, farm machinery repair business, log cabin and The Barnyard - an unique children's play area. Also on site is a 130 year old post and beam construction barn which is used for programs and events and The Wooden Nickel also know as our gift shop. Open May through September.

Set your timers for Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m when Discovery Channel’s Expedition Unknown features the story of Northw...
02/05/2020

Set your timers for Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m when Discovery Channel’s Expedition Unknown features the story of Northwest Flight 2501 that disappeared over the Lake Michigan shoreline in the 1950s. Host Josh Gates visited South Haven last September to investigate the disappearance and stopped at our Antique Engine and Tractor Show where he was filmed sawing lumber, driving the Funk Special and riding on a steam traction engine. There’s a good chance, he told us last September, that footage of our show will be included in this episode so set those DVRs for Wednesday, Feb. 12!

Workin’ Wednesday!  Work has started on finishing the inside of the Stephenson Barn west side addition. Ralph, Rob and M...
01/29/2020

Workin’ Wednesday!

Work has started on finishing the inside of the Stephenson Barn west side addition. Ralph, Rob and Mike (plus others not pictured) worked on framing in the “janitor” closet that will be used for storage of tables, chairs and cleaning supplies. After the area is framed in, next is working on electic.

Today, the Todd Bieber Concrete crew poured the cement pad for our "new to us" building that will be used to house our s...
01/10/2020

Today, the Todd Bieber Concrete crew poured the cement pad for our "new to us" building that will be used to house our shingle mill. They were finished in less than 20 minutes! A barn style building that was donated to the museum will be placed on the cement, renovation and then the shingle mill equipment moved in.

Attention all kids!  A new kids event has been added to the list of events at the Michigan Flywheelers Museum as it anno...
01/04/2020

Attention all kids! A new kids event has been added to the list of events at the Michigan Flywheelers Museum as it announces its schedule for 2020.
Scheduled for Saturday, July 18 at the museum, Kids Lawn Tractor Day will be packed full of fun driving activities for kids who have access to lawn tractors.
“We wanted to come up with something that would allow kids who aren’t of driving age yet, to drive their riding lawn mowers around the museum property,” explained Patrick Ingalls, museum president. “Because our annual events like the Antique Engine and Tractor Show are so congested, we don’t allow youngsters to drive equipment. Realizing that they are the future of our museum, we wanted to encourage their interest in tractors by hosting an event such as this.”
Activities for the day include a driving skills test, parade, tractor pulls and a mud bog.
The event, which is free, is open to any kids 14 and under who wish to drive a riding lawn mower. Mower decks must be removed and zero turn mowers not allowed. Parents and/or grandparents must accompany the kids. Camping is available. Activities start at 9 a.m.
Other events on this year’s schedule include Farm History Day on Friday, May 8, Swap Meet and Flea Market Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13 followed by the Antique Engine and Tractor Show which starts Thursday, Sept. 10 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 13.
For more information, 269-639-2010, www.michiganflywheelers.org or on Facebook

Your Board of Directors hard at work today.
12/01/2019

Your Board of Directors hard at work today.

Thank you to all the people that voted for us during the 2019 Best of South Haven contest. We are very pleased with the ...
11/20/2019

Thank you to all the people that voted for us during the 2019 Best of South Haven contest. We are very pleased with the results and grateful for your support.
"Best Place to Take the Kids - 3rd place
"Best Cultural Attraction" - 2nd place
"Best Museum/Gallery" - 2nd place
"Best Local Wedding Reception Venue" - 3rd place

Elections were held tonight for our 2020 Board of Directors. Elected were: Pat Ingalls - president, Fred Holwarth - fina...
11/11/2019

Elections were held tonight for our 2020 Board of Directors. Elected were: Pat Ingalls - president, Fred Holwarth - financial secretary, Mike Hollis, Ryan Ingalls and Dave Tarantino - directors. Congratulations to all and a special thanks to outgoing Board director Mike Lagness. Absent - Director Lynn Ritter.

Some photos for you to enjoy this Sunday morning with your extra hour! Photos by Kristin Mercer.
11/03/2019

Some photos for you to enjoy this Sunday morning with your extra hour! Photos by Kristin Mercer.

Michigan Flywheelers Museum's cover photo
11/03/2019

Michigan Flywheelers Museum's cover photo

Bangor Mi Historical Society
10/22/2019

Bangor Mi Historical Society

Our Bangor jail exhibit in the museum

We’ve just completed our last work weekend of the year, and just about everything (except the steamer) is put away for t...
10/21/2019

We’ve just completed our last work weekend of the year, and just about everything (except the steamer) is put away for the winter. A big thank you to all our members who have worked hard all season long on a variety of projects like the Millinery Show, electrical upgrades, mowing, painting, fixing food and volunteering during our events. Every bit of help was appreciated. Now we switch over to our Winter work crew who will be working on machinery throughout the winter. Hopefully, we will see everyone next spring!

The 2019 South Haven Best Of contest is almost done! It is your last chance to vote for your favorite people, places & t...
10/18/2019
Vote Now in the 2019 South Haven Best Of Awards!

The 2019 South Haven Best Of contest is almost done! It is your last chance to vote for your favorite people, places & things to do in South Haven. Voting closes tomorrow, Friday, October 18th at 11 pm.

Stay tuned our winners will be announced in a special section printed in the South Haven Tribune on Sunday, November 17th. https://heraldpalladium.secondstreetapp.com/2019-South-Haven-Best-Of/

Come back and vote up to once per day for your favorites!

WOW! During the first phase of the South Haven Tribune’s BEST OF THE BEST contest, the Michigan Flywheelers Museum was v...
10/07/2019
Vote Now in the 2019 South Haven Best Of Awards!

WOW! During the first phase of the South Haven Tribune’s BEST OF THE BEST contest, the Michigan Flywheelers Museum was voted as one of the top three in the following four categories:
“The Best Local Place To Take The Kids,” “Best Cultural Attraction,” “Best Local Museum/Gallery,” and “Best Local Wedding Reception Venue.”
Now, the museum will be competing in these categories against the other two nominees during the second phase of voting.
Voting will take place between October 6th thru October 18th with the winner announced in November. Here is the link to vote: heraldpalladium.secondstreetapp.com/2019-South-Haven-Best-Of/

Come back and vote up to once per day for your favorites!

Weekend projects.
10/05/2019

Weekend projects.

Wayland High School wood shop teacher Joe Youngblood surprised us recently when he stopped in to give us this wooden sig...
10/01/2019

Wayland High School wood shop teacher Joe Youngblood surprised us recently when he stopped in to give us this wooden sign that he made as a thank you for the lumber we recently donated to the school. It was a great surprise and an even greater gift!

Congratulations to Rick Counterman of Plainwell who won the Allis Chalmers tractor and William Oliver of Fennville who w...
09/09/2019

Congratulations to Rick Counterman of Plainwell who won the Allis Chalmers tractor and William Oliver of Fennville who won the peddle tractor!

Michigan Flywheelers Museum's cover photo
09/09/2019

Michigan Flywheelers Museum's cover photo

Bronk Bros rocking the barn right now!
09/08/2019

Bronk Bros rocking the barn right now!

A large tractor parade at the Michigan flywheelers Museum.
09/07/2019

A large tractor parade at the Michigan flywheelers Museum.

A cool organ grinder
09/07/2019

A cool organ grinder

We think there's a antique engine and tractor show going on! Lol
09/07/2019

We think there's a antique engine and tractor show going on! Lol

Josh from Expedition Unknown is here!
09/06/2019

Josh from Expedition Unknown is here!

Noon whistle.
09/06/2019

Noon whistle.

We have corn!
09/06/2019

We have corn!

Cruise highlights
09/05/2019

Cruise highlights

South Haven Tractor Cruise is heading to the beach!
09/05/2019

South Haven Tractor Cruise is heading to the beach!

Nice Rumely
09/04/2019

Nice Rumely

We are busy setting up for opening tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m.
09/04/2019

We are busy setting up for opening tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m.

Some advice from us ..... don't mis our antique engine and tractor show  which starts Thursday!
09/02/2019

Some advice from us ..... don't mis our antique engine and tractor show which starts Thursday!

Thank you to Bangor Scout Troop 194 for cooking dinner for our workers who have been busy setting up for our upcoming An...
08/31/2019

Thank you to Bangor Scout Troop 194 for cooking dinner for our workers who have been busy setting up for our upcoming Antique Engine and Tractor Show!

In celebration of the city of South Haven’s 150th anniversary, there will be a special exhibit on the Agro-Util tractor ...
08/29/2019

In celebration of the city of South Haven’s 150th anniversary, there will be a special exhibit on the Agro-Util tractor during our Antique Engine & Tractor Show. The show runs Thursday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Sept. 8.
“Sixty years ago, a man’s desire to help struggling farmers in third world countries resulted in the birth of a tractor that has ties to South Haven.
John “Jack” Jensen, a South Haven resident who traveled the world for his export business, developed the Agro-Util tractor - a rugged and durable machine that was designed for use on small farms in remote areas and intended for farmers of any mechanical skill level including those with no experience.
The 17-horsepower tractor was powerful enough for most of the chores associated with fruit and vegetable farming, according to company literature. It has a drawbar pull of 1,500 pounds which can be increased by adding weights to the tractor. It has a number of unusual safety and ease-of-operation features not standard on most U.S. farm equipment. These include a rugged frame that will withstand a lot of heavy use; crop clearance of 20 to 22 inches, no complicated hydraulics, the hitch operates strictly mechanically, clutch and brake mechanisms operate by a single pedal, a four-speed transmission and slots to mount any standard air-cooled engine.”

Loading the Frick engine. It will be one of the many old engines that will be at our upcoming Antique Engine and Tractor...
08/27/2019

Loading the Frick engine. It will be one of the many old engines that will be at our upcoming Antique Engine and Tractor Show that starts Thursday, Sept. 5!

These Flywheelers ladies are hard at work creating these beautiful decorative pumpkins made from logs cut in sawmill.  F...
08/24/2019

These Flywheelers ladies are hard at work creating these beautiful decorative pumpkins made from logs cut in sawmill. Find the pumpkins and other handcrafted home decor in our gift shop called The Wooden Nickel. The Nickel will be open starting Tuesday, Sept 3 through Sunday, Sept 8 during our antique engine and tractor show.

Working Wednesday. Sharpening the buzz saw blade.
08/21/2019

Working Wednesday. Sharpening the buzz saw blade.

08/21/2019
Antique Engine & Tractor Show

Mark your calendars! Our show is only weeks away! David Myers, Mike Miles, Al Sweet, Barb (John) Bury, Darlene (Ralph) Hollander, Cody Myers and Ryan Ingalls - you're TV stars!

While you are at our Antique Engine & Tractor Show which starts Thursday, Sept. 5, don’t forget to buy some raffle ticke...
08/19/2019

While you are at our Antique Engine & Tractor Show which starts Thursday, Sept. 5, don’t forget to buy some raffle tickets. This year - we have two. One is for this beautiful orange Allis Chalmers tractor as first prize, second prize is a pedal tractor and third prize is an Anirondack chair set. Then we have another raffle. This one is for a 1/2 processed pig from Bob’s Processing in South Haven. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Drawing will be held at the end of our show on Sunday, Sept. 8. Do not need to be present to win.

Working weekend! Getting ready for the show
08/17/2019

Working weekend! Getting ready for the show

We're going to the Blueberry parade. Are you?
08/10/2019

We're going to the Blueberry parade. Are you
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Workin' Wednesday! Our show is only a month away. We're getting ready, are you?
08/07/2019

Workin' Wednesday! Our show is only a month away. We're getting ready, are you?

Kids tractor pulls going on now!
07/06/2019

Kids tractor pulls going on now!

Say hi to our kids in the parade. Next is the Mud Bog at 3pm
07/06/2019

Say hi to our kids in the parade. Next is the Mud Bog at 3pm

You're invite! Today is Kids Tractor Day at the Flywheelers. Load up your riding lawn (no mower decks), buckle in the ki...
07/06/2019

You're invite! Today is Kids Tractor Day at the Flywheelers. Load up your riding lawn (no mower decks), buckle in the kids and head to the museum for a day of fun activities for your kids. They can drive their tractors around the property, try their skills in the tractor pulls, throw some mud in the mud big, and be part of a parade. The event is going on right now and ends around 5 pm. Enter through the Registration Gate.

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06285 68th St
South Haven, MI
49090

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