Westland Historic Village Park

Westland Historic Village Park The Westland Historical Commission was created in 1970 by Westland Ordinance No. 139 for the purpose of collecting and preserving historical objects, materials, buildings, and sites relating to the history of the City.

The Westland Historic Village Park is committed to the collection, preservation and exhibition of historical artifacts related to Nankin Township and the City of Westland, Michigan; the education of residents and non-residents through buildings and objects important to the community and the inspiration of all to pursue the past through the search of records and historical study in an unbiased objective manner.

The Wayne Historical Society

The Wayne Historical Society

Corner of Wayne Road and Michigan Avenue E, looking NE. Ca. 1979.


Who remembers the Polio epidemic?

We are all about preserving history

We are all about preserving history

Make your own time capsule!

1918 British Columbia

1918 British Columbia

On this day in 1621, the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Nation signed a peace treaty. Read the attached article for more informa...
The Pilgrim-Wampanoag peace treaty

On this day in 1621, the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Nation signed a peace treaty. Read the attached article for more information.

At the Plymouth settlement in present-day Massachusetts, the leaders of the Plymouth colonists, acting on behalf of King James I, make a defensive alliance with

City of Westland - Administration

City of Westland - Administration

The City of Westland would like to wish a Happy Birthday🎉 to Councilwoman Andrea Rutkowski. Have a great day and thank you for serving the citizens of Westland as a Councilwoman and for all of your past and current volunteering efforts in our community!!🎂

Who wants to try this recipe?

Who wants to try this recipe?


We are scheduling our commission meeting at 7 pm via the ap Zoom. If you wish to join, you must down load the ap. You can join the meeting by using the meeting ID 595 452 801


Help us document history. Send us your photos and stories on how you are dealing with this historic event Covid-19. Message us here. Thank you.


Thank you Dominique Turner McDonough snd Mary Konopka for helping with the Probate project.

Who would like to help us search through www.familysearch.org for probate records of people who were petitioned into Elo...
FamilySearch • Free Family Trees and Genealogy Archives

Who would like to help us search through www.familysearch.org for probate records of people who were petitioned into Eloise? You would be given access to our section of our google drive to upload the images an create a file for the “Patient”. Message us to assist in the project.

Discover your family history by exploring the world's largest family tree and genealogy archive. Share family photos and stories. It's all free.

Who’s willing to try this recipe?

Who’s willing to try this recipe?


Since the Westland Historic Village is closed in accordance with Governor Whitmer's order to close all non-essential businesses, we will share stories and items we find that tells our history from Nankin Township's early days to the Present.

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Please read and share this important message from our Police Chief regarding staffing and patrols.

Please read and share this important message from our Police Chief regarding staffing and patrols.

Westland Community –

I would like to take a quick minute to let you know our current public safety strategy. At no time during this crisis will we risk the safety of our community. We have not, and will not reduce or eliminate police officer patrols. If anything, we will increase police patrols if necessary. The current strategy of the Westland Police Department is to reduce direct police/citizen contacts. We are achieving this goal by implementing an online CLEMIS police reporting system, by reducing face to face police/citizen contacts and by temporarily suspending non-essential services. The officers of the Westland Police Department are also practicing social distancing amongst ourselves in order to reduce the risk of any potential virus spread. We are dedicated to maintaining a clean and safe work environment for our employees. Be confident knowing that the men and woman of the Westland Police Department have been, and will continue to work through this crisis in order to ensure that our community is safe and protected.


Chief Jeff Jedrusik

How 5 of History’s Worst Pandemics Finally Ended
How 5 of History’s Worst Pandemics Finally Ended

How 5 of History’s Worst Pandemics Finally Ended

While some of the earliest pandemics faded by wiping out parts of the population, medical and public health initiatives were able to halt the spread of other diseases.

Thinking back to the Great DepressionINSTRUCTIONSPour flour in a large bowl.Make a well in the center of the flour.Add y...
Depression Era Bread - Make Homemade Bread with Only 3 Ingredients!

Thinking back to the Great Depression

Pour flour in a large bowl.
Make a well in the center of the flour.
Add yeast to well and then add enough of the water to the well to dissolve the yeast (you can use your hands).

After yeast is dissolved start adding more water and mixing in flour until you form a dough.
Knead dough in the bowl for a bit. Let the dough rise in a warm place with a towel loosely covering the top.
After it has risen double in size, punch down the dough and divide it up into 7 loaves.

Shape the dough loaves and put in loaf pans. If you do not have 7 pans, use a cookie sheet and the loaves will come out just as nice fine.
Let the dough rise for 60 minutes or until doubled in size.
Make slits in the top of the dough to make it look pretty.
Bake at 350° until it gets brown on top, about 25 minutes (this will vary a bit based on your oven).


Sometimes the best foods are not the most complicated. This Depression Era Bread recipe can be made with only 3 ingredients and the end result is delicious!

Sorry for the spelling error, but here is the obituary for Eloise Davock. Eloise Davock is the daughter of Freeman Dicke...
Obituary for Kloise Davock - Newspapers.com

Sorry for the spelling error, but here is the obituary for Eloise Davock. Eloise Davock is the daughter of Freeman Dickerson, and is the source of the name for the Eloise Asylum, or Wayne County General Hospital.

Clipping found in Detroit Free Press in Detroit, Michigan on Apr 14, 1982. Obituary for Kloise Davock


While everyone is home, and if you are doing any online shopping on Amazon, try Amazon Smiles. Amazon Smiles is just like the regular Amazon website except when you order certain items (too many to list) Amazon will calculate a donation based upon your total bill to a charity of your choice. The total of the donation is NOT charged to you, Amazon pays for the donation themselves.

So for those of you who spend $10, $50, $100 or more on Amazon Smiles could have a donation sent from Amazon to the Westland Historical Society.

City of Westland - Administration

City of Westland - Administration

Mayor William Wild, City Council President Jim Hart and Fire Chief Mike Stradtner provide an update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and what it means for Westland residents.

Father John’s Medicine was originally compounded for Reverend Father John O’Brien, of Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1855. He...

Father John’s Medicine was originally compounded for Reverend Father John O’Brien, of Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1855. He afterwards recommended it to his parishioners and friends.

In this way it became popularly known as Father John’s Medicine, and many thousands have since been benefited by this valuable preparation.

Westland Historic Village Park's cover photo

Westland Historic Village Park's cover photo


The Westland Historic Village has moved its Military Display to a bigger room in the Collins House (that would be the house with Yellow Brick). We are looking for photographs of Westland (Nankin) veterans from all five branches of service, and eras, in uniform if possible. These should be copies, no originals! All photographs should be no bigger than 8 by 10. They can be black and white or color.

We would like to fill one wall of our room with photographs, once we fill the wall we will rotate photographs.


Would you like to have events like the Lucky Squirrel in Garden City at our site?


What was the official term for Eloise? Was it a town, a village or a city? Or was it none of these because it was never an independent settlement since it was owned and run by Wayne County?


During the month of March the Westland Historic Village will be open on March 14th and March 21st. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. Unfortunately we are understaffed at this time and these are the only dates that our staff is available to be at the museum. Again we are sorry for the inconvenience.

Westland Historic Village Park

Westland Historic Village Park


I (Ryan Eberhart) have been a volunteer with the Westland Historic Village for nearly 11 years now, June 2020 will mark my anniversary, and in that time I can't tell you how many Saturdays I have worked that someone hasn't come in and said "I didn't know you were here". Some will even add that they have grown up in the City of Westland and never realized that Westland has a museum.

To be honest, though, the Westland Museum has not always been at 857 N. Wayne Road. It was originally located in the Miller's House at Nankin Mills. The museum moved to Wayne Road in 1979 thanks to Helen C. Brown, wife of Westland's First Mayor, Tom Brown. Since 1979 the museum has grown to include 6 main buildings on the Wayne Road property and two locations off property. The two locations off property are Chubb Cemetery and Perrinsville School.

In 2 years, the Westland Historical Commission will celebrate its 50th Anniversary. We would like to continue to improve the park by seeing it grow both in land size and by preserving different buildings and eras of Westland and Nankin History. It is my hope to be a part of that growth. And I hope to continue to introduce the Westland Historic Village to past, present and future citizens of Westland and those passing through.


Would you like to see square dances at the park?

Drive-in Theater Speaker Restoration

We have a speaker from the Algiers Drive-In. The Algiers was located at the corner of Warren and Wayne Road where the McDonald's is now. It would be awesome if we could get our speaker restored.

This speaker was found with my Uncle's belongings a few months ago. It was a perfect opportunity to make another restoration while also making a nice piece t...


857 N Wayne Rd
Westland, MI

General information

Westland Historical Commissioners - Ryan Eberhart, Brenda Ozog, Mike McElhone, Dennis Bozyk, Shane Miller, Eric Stoddard and Jonathan Hays. Westland Historical Society Officers Ryan Eberhart (President)


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Mission Statement

The mission of the Westland Historic Village Park is to preserve, protect and publish Westland and Nankin Township history for the education and enjoyment of residents and non-residents.

Vision Statement

The vision of the Westland Historic Village Park is to inspire a sense of place and history for Westland and Nankin Township by collecting, studying, interpreting and presenting the city's natural and cultural heritage. This includes the museum's core areas of collecting: the history of the City of Westland and Nankin Township; and further includes the history of Wayne County General Hospital (otherwise known as Eloise), the Norwayne Historic District and the pioneers of our area. The museum's focus further includes, but is not limited to: Family History, Minority Histories, and Environmental History.

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Had some fun this morning. Finally got snow.
Do you have vintage Westland shopping center directories or blueprints from the 1980's? Trying to remember a store in the lower level
Hoping someone can help me remember the name of a lumberyard that was on Ford Rd by the railroad tracks next door to National Block and cement company. The lumberyard was there in the 50's and went out of business I think in the mid 70's and I think the building is a auto salvage place now. The lumberyard was there before the overpass was constructed. FYI its not the wholesales place across the street. I'll know the name when I see it, for sure
First annual Notre Dame Car Show July 13 in Downtown Wayne
Crafters, Artist, Antique, Collectibles and Vintage dealers needed... Wayne Downtown Days 3rd annual Flea Market, Bigger and Better this year. All new location... $20 per spot for 2 days... Can't beat the price.... Come help us celebrate Wayne's 150 Birthday... You can contact Wayne Main Street for more information at (734) 629-6822 or visit our website at www.downtownwayne.org
Look what I found. It's stamped "WCGH." Now the question is was it used at Eloise or at the actual County Hospital (O Building)???
Hello Westland Historic Village Park, do you have rooms/space available for community type meetings such as 12 step meetings?
Found this in an antique store. Is this something that the commission would be interested in for the Westland education exhibit?
I hope that this is okay to post here. The funds go directly to the Friends of Eloise via Facebook or one of their partners. https://www.facebook.com/donate/2009122109202411/