So you’ve visited the Farmer’s Market and you just finished brunch at Table & Tap. You’ve decided to look into some of Flint’s gems, and you are excited to see a new side to this historic and grand old city. But have you visited the Whaley Historic House lately?
Nestled on Kearsley Street next to the McFarlan Home and Chavez (I-475) this Gilded Age marvel is open to the public for tours, programs, events, and can even be rented for your special occasion. If you haven’t been to the Whaley Historic House lately, I’m here to encourage you to hop in your car and take an hour to explore this cultural treat, right in our own backyard. You should visit because:
1. Our exhibits change. Last month featured a look into Victorian funeral customs as we explored the practices associated with a House in Mourning. You could learn about the literature & music of the day and about the customs of ladies dress during mourning. So far in November we’ve had two different Sherlock Holmes evenings (one geared toward children, the other for adults) as well as a Games of the Gilded Age evening with our U of M Flint partners. But the real treat begins in just a few more days – the Whaley Historic House will transform into a Winter Wonderland, and you have several opportunities to see the house in action.
2. We have cool stuff. Every room in the house holds treasures that are beautiful, interesting, or just plain cool. We have historical artifacts of significance like the “birth certificate of GM”, pieces from the original Whaley silver and china collections and an authentic Garland stove. We also have more personal items on display such as sheet music, items collected while traveling the world, and lots of interesting books. Reading was an incredibly important skill and the written word was used to convey thoughts and ideas. The Whaley family were avid readers.
3. We <3 our members! If you decide to become a supporting member of the Whaley Historic House you will not only being helping with our restoration and special projects, you will receive many benefits as well. They are: a quarterly newsletter, a free tour of the house (on tour days), special discounts for enhanced programming, updates about upcoming programs and you’ll be invited to members-only events held at the house.
– Your Humble Intern Mellie