Fallasburg offers tours to students, groups

Fallasburg reaches out to the community at large

By Emma Palova

Fallasburg, MI- In an effort to raise awareness about ongoing historic preservation at the Fallasburg village located three miles north of Lowell, the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) offers tours of the village by appointment.

Murray Lake Elementary students at the Fallasburg school.
Murray Lake Elementary students at the Fallasburg school.

On Wednesday this week, the Fallasburg one-room schoolhouse came alive with children’s voices. First graders from Murray Lake Elementary sat at the desks and listened to the stories of the past. Volunteer Mike Organek went to the school along with Addie Tower Abel, Ronald Topolski, Dottie Blain and many others. The most popular teacher at the time was Mrs. Zona Postma.

At the time, students had to use the outhouse outside and in winter, the wood stove heated the building. The bell in the belfry announced the start and the end of a school day.

Learning the ropes inside the belfry.
Learning the ropes inside the belfry.

Students Layla Wilks and Weston McFarland especially liked the miniature model of the village located in the community room, and the belfry.

“Our school is much bigger,” said McFarland. “I would come back here.”

The program for first graders has been going on for at least 10 years, according to Organek. This year, 69 students participated in the field trip.

“It goes well with the curriculum,” said teacher Karen Eldridge. “The kids learn about the past, present and the future.”

Follow Fallasburg on social media. Put Fallasburg on your calendar as one of many hidden gems in Michigan that you can visit.

The 22nd annual Fallasburg Covered Bridge Bike Tour will take place on July 10th with registration from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. To pre-register go to http://www.fallasburg.org.

The schoolhouse is open on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. until October.

In front of the Fallasburg schoolhouse museum.
In front of the Fallasburg schoolhouse museum.

Call or e-mail to schedule a tour of Fallasburg on the FHS facebook page.

 

 

 

 

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Murray Lake students to visit Fallasburg

FHS reaches out to students, groups and public at large

By Emma Palova

Fallasburg, MI- You don’t have to be a member to explore the treasures of the Fallasburg historical village or visit the schoolhouse museum open on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. You can make an appointment for a tour with your group, friends and students and visit anytime.

In an effort to reach out to the young generation, the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) will give a lesson in history and a tour through the one room schoolhouse to the first graders from Murray Lake Elementary on May 18.

Murray Lake first graders will visit Fallasburg Schoolhouse on Wednesday.
Murray Lake first graders will visit Fallasburg Schoolhouse on Wednesday.

The tour will expose the young ones to a bygone, more simple era without modern gadgets and technology.

The one-room schoolhouse was constructed in 1867.  Founder of the Fallasburg village John Wesley Fallas settled the village in 1840 and donated the land for the construction of a village schoolhouse.

Fallasburg schoolhouse museum.
Fallasburg schoolhouse museum.

The school building remained in use as a day school, church, Sunday school, and revival center until 1979. It was converted into a museum to house the Lowell area artifacts in 1981. The Fallasburg School has a historical significance as one of the oldest schoolhouse buildings in the Lowell area.
School House Museum – open Sundays 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. -with free admission.

Stay tuned for stories from Fallasburg with fourth generation resident Addie Tower Abel. Abel went to the one-room schoolhouse all the way through 8th grade. Abel along with Dottie Blain are avid FHS volunteers. Abel’s mother started the FHS in 1965.

“You have to come to a certain age to appreciate it,” Abel said.

For a tour appointment e-mail  Ken Tamke at kentamke@comcast.net or Emma at emmapalova@yahoo.com.

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Fallasburg Covered Bridge Bike Tour

Pedal through the beautiful countryside at your own pace

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

Lowell, MI- The 22nd annual Fallasburg Covered Bridge Bike Tour is set for Sunday, July 10th with registration in person at the one-room schoolhouse from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Pre- registration online is at http://www.fallasburg.org or at the Fallasburg Covered Bridge Bike Tour page for $25 per individual, $35 for family before July 6th. After the deadline and in person, there will be an additional $5 charge.

There are several tour options ranging from 12 miles to 100 miles.

The most traveled route is the 28-mile route to Ada and back from the Fallasburg Covered Bridge to the Ada Covered Bridge , according to Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) president Ken Tamke,“It is a reasonably flat and easy ride for families and casual riders,” said Tamke.

The second most popular route is the South 50, which travels along rivers and streams through  beautiful farmland.

Although the main reason to bike any of the routes is fitness, the camaraderie and feeling of accomplishment and adventure of a bicycle tour with friends or family is even better.
“It is exhilarating and exciting to set out on a journey and successfully attain your goal, whether it be 12 miles, 28 miles, 50 miles or 100,” said Tamke.
The Covered Bridge Bike Tour has grown from just a handful of registrants to 253 registrants last year. But, 250 registrants means 300 plus riders as family registrations can cover multiple riders.
Fallas CBBT
Fallasburg Covered Bridge Bike Tour
“We’ve had modest gains, with more people joining the fun each year,” said Tamke.
The riders can select the distance they wish to ride from 12 miles to 100. They can also combine routes to get some variety. The 12-mile route climbs up Covered Bridge Road, over MacPherson to Sayles, then along the Flat River into Lowell and back to the village via Lincoln Lake.
The 28-mile route travels into Lowell along Lincoln Lake, then west along Grand River to Ada Park. The half-way point and rest stop is at the Ada Covered Bridge. The route follows the same path back to Fallasburg.
The 50-mile route south follows the same route as the 28, but turns south at Buttrick and heads down to 100th, then back east to Alden Nash and back up to Lowell and Lincoln Lake.
The 50-mile north route follows briefly the same path as the 12, but continues on into Ionia with a rest stop at the Blanchard House, then on to Saranac and back to Lowell along Riverside and eventually to the Fallasburg Village.
Last year approximately 20 riders completed the 100. They do the South 50 in the morning and the North 50 in the afternoon.
Fallas bike tour reg.
Registration at the one-room schoolhouse museum.
All proceeds from the bike tour go for the continued preservation of Fallasburg Village. The historical society uses the funds to maintain properties and implement educational programs.  Fallasburg Historical Society is an all-volunteer organization so monies collected don’t pay a salary, but pay to  fix things and teach people about Fallasburg history.
All routes begin and end in Fallasburg Village. The Misner House is the command center and serves as an outdoor lunchroom.
Dorothy “Dottie” Blain cooks a country-style Italian spaghetti and meatball feast and its vegetarian version  with garlic bread and strawberry shortcake for dessert.
“Our riders absolutely rave about our food,” said Tamke. Additionally, all routes offer home-baked goodies, fruit and water or Gatorade at rest stops along the way.  Each route has a rest stop.
Late Priscilla Lussmeyer came up with the idea of having a bike ride as a fundraiser for the society 22 years ago. She enlisted the help of one of her many friends who was into biking as a means to raise money for the society. It has grown steadily from there.
Tamke is hoping for  275 registrants and over 300 riders, 75 degrees, sunny and no humidity or wind – a perfect West Michigan day.
“I hope no one gets hurt, everyone has a fantastic time and tell all their friends about it so they can participate in the 23rd annual Fallasburg Covered Bridge Bike Tour,” said Tamke.
Tour options (in miles): 12, 28, 40, 50, 62, 78 or 100.
Registration fee: $25 for individuals / $35 for families.
For more information, call Ken Tamke at 616-682-0785 or e-mail kentamke@comcast.net
Directions to Fallasburg
From Lowell: North approximately 3 miles to Fallasburg Park Drive.
Right to entrance of park. Angle right on Covered Bridge Road.
Over covered bridge to schoolhouse. Park in field across the street.
There will be county road signs on Lincoln Lake Road and Fallasburg Park Drive, alerting you to Park/Bridge/Historic Village.
Follow FHS and the Fallasburg Covered Bridge Bike Tour on twitter @fallasburg #fallasburg #fallasburgbiketour #fallasburghistory #fallas and other social media.

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