“A house museum: a place to feel at home.” The description of a new museum opening this month in Sterling Heights, Michigan, will fill William Aldrich Upton’s former home. Built-in 1866-67 by William and Sarah Aldrich Upton in what is now called The Ball House, an African-American-style residence designed for their two-story summer home on Swan Lake, the museum will bring the old with the new to this beautiful destination located just west of Detroit. Existing in its present condition, the museum will restore the famous former home and restore or enhance the nature of its surroundings – bringing to light a period that shaped both these homes and their neighborhoods. Visitors will be delighted with a glimpse of early America, the home of homesteaders and pioneers that shaped the landscape and the character of this flourishing community. See more here.
The museum will showcase a collection of more than one hundred antiques, including furniture and clothing, pottery, wallpaper, and artworks. It will also feature an interpretive center where visitors can learn about life in the Midwest and early Americans’ experiences. Other special events include musical performances by local children and free admission for the public. There are also a gift shop and gift certificates available for those wishing to purchase souvenirs. Other activities planned include wagon rides, history tours, carriage rides, and a nature trail. See here for information about The Fantastic Features of Sterling Heights Public Library in Michigan.
William Aldrich Upton’s legacy as the first black resident of this new community and his role as the community’s historian and community leader will be detailed. His achievements are commemorated in a complementary nature park, and the public can also enjoy gardens and trails throughout the neighborhood. Visitors can also enjoy fine dining, award-winning wine, and the nearby Wellcome superstores. Visitors who wish to explore the region’s culture can visit the nearby Michigan History Center, which offers learning activities, such as its largest open-air museum. The Michigan Cultural Center has exhibits and programs that showcase the state’s rich history and culture. Lastly, the Sterling Heights Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development has been working hard to attract new businesses, and new companies have started to come to the area.