Millington-Arbela Historical Society - Millington, MI
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bobfrapples8
N 43° 16.834 W 083° 31.790
17T E 294734 N 4795079
Quick Description: Historical Society now occupies the former Millington Bank Building.
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 1/3/2022 5:15:21 PM
Waymark Code: WM15GM0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
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Long Description:
The Millington-Arbela Historical Society has occupied the former band building at 8534 State Rd, Millington, MI 48746 since 1995. Dedicated to ‘preserve yesterday for tomorrow’, this small nonprofit group offers visitors to the Millington and Arbela area a chance to step back in time with displays featuring turn of the century equipment, founding businesses, old school buildings, military gear from days gone by, Indian artifacts, and much more. Admission is free and the museum is open from 1300 to 1600. on Friday between April and December. Private tours are available by appointment.

The Millington Bank Building is of cultural significance:

From the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office website:

Narrative Description:
The former Millington Bank Building is a one-story commercial building with split fieldstone walls and a flat roof which slopes gently toward the rear. The building faces east on State Street in Millington's small central business district. It has ground dimensions of twenty-four feet in width by thirty feet in depth. Broad, arched openings capped with cut fieldstone voussoirs enfold the recessed entryway, on the south, and a tripartite window with double-hung-sash center section, on the north. A simple cornice supported by evenly spaced brackets extends across the facade below a low parapet. The building's front walls below the cornice display a suggestion of coursed ashlar construction, while the austere side and rear walls exhibit a construction of uncoursed rubble masonry. The interior was and is a single room. A brick vault against the north wall toward the rear remains in place. Most of the historic interior finish has been lost during successive remodelings, but the pressed-metal ceiling remains intact beneath the modern dropped ceiling. The building has been recently acquired by the Millington-Arbela Historical Society and will be refurbished, with surviving historic features restored, to house the society's museum.

Statement of Significance:
The Millington Bank Building is a landmark in the Millington area because of its distinctive split-fieldstone-wall construction. The building served as the home of the community's first banks from the 1890s to the early 1930s.

The bank building was added to NRHP November 29, 1995
8534 State Rd
Millington, MI USA

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Hours of Operation: Friday 1300-1600

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