Villagers have always recognized what a special place Fallasburg is, from the founding settlers to present day inhabitants. Fifty years ago, villager Leonora Tower felt it was time to share this resource with the community at large. So, the West Central Michigan Historical Society was born, which later became the Fallasburg Historical Society.
I marvel at how many visitors, locals and West Michiganders from far and near, are just discovering Fallasburg Village.
“Wow, I didn’t realize this existed,” is the most common response as they browse our museums and learn about this colorful slice of history.
I invite you to help us celebrate this 50TH Anniversary of our preservation efforts by taking a fall color tour through the Fallasburg Park across the Covered Bridge into the charming pioneer village.
Take a walk or a bike ride through the village this fall. Check out the gems of history, the John Fallass house, the Misner House, The Tower Farm & Barn and the one room schoolhouse museum.
The museum is open on Sundays from 2 p.m to 4 p.m. Docent led tours are available by appointment for groups.
Mark your calendars for a vintage Christmas in Fallasburg on Dec. 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 13944 Covered Bridge Road, north of Lowell.
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First bazaar celebrates 50th anniversary of Fallasburg village preservation
Fallasburg, MI- The first annual bazaar opens in Fallasburg village on Sept. 19th & Sept. 20th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will feature area vendors and crafters unique and separate from the Fall Festival for the Arts, which also takes place that weekend.
The pioneer village founded by John Fallas in the 1830s is located across the Covered Bridge three miles north of Lowell. It nestles in the Fallasburg Park with the one-room schoolhouse serving as the village museum.
The purpose of the bazaar is to bring awareness to the quaint village that most people don’t know it exists.
“It’s a hidden gem,” said Ken Tamke, president of the Fallasburg Historical Society. “I love that place. It’s a little hamlet that became forgotten.”
Tents with crafts, food and arts will be set up by the Misner and Tower houses. All buildings will be open for self-guided tours without any admission.
“We’re not affiliated with the arts council,” said Tamke. “It will be a concurrent event.”
The mix of artists will include rock and metal artists, clothing, recycled welding artist, upcycled shabby furniture and home accessories and many more.
“Just cross the bridge into the village and step back in time,” said organizer Michelle Emaus. “We will have a nice mix of artists. Our intent is not to duplicate art at the festival, but to piggyback on a successful event.”
The organizers are testing the water to make the village bazaar into an annual event.
“We welcome feedback,” said Emaus. “We’re hoping to make this into an annual event, if the traffic warrants it.”
On Saturday only, the Fallassburg Flats, our 1860’s Vintage Base Ball Club will culminate their season by hosting their annual Fall Finale, The John Wesley Fallass Invitational Vintage Base Ball Tournament in Fallas Field across from the Fallasburg Schoolhouse. Admission is free. Preliminary games begin at 10:00AM with semi-final and final games in the afternoon followed by an awards ceremony around 5:00PM. For more information on the Fallasburg Historical Society, and the Bazaar: www.fallasburg.org