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Otsego County Historical Museum

Since 1992

The Otsego County Historical Museum is located at 320 W. Main Street in Gaylord, Michigan. The Museum is operated by the Otsego County Historical Society.  Dates and hours that the Museum is open to the public are listed below.  The public is welcome and encouraged to visit the Museum.  Free Admission
When you enter the Museum, you will see a variety of displays illustrating the history of Otsego County.  You will also notice the original tin ceiling and the recently refurbished maple hardwood floor. 

The building was constructed in about 1912 and was originally a cigar factory. This display features cigar making memorabilia and items when later used as a pool hall.  Notice the hand painted sign on the cement block wall -- it's over 100 years old.

"Schools of Otsego County" provides a hands on experience to rural schools of yesteryear.  More than 40 one-room schools were in operation throughout our county during the late 1800s thru the early 1970s.  Photos of many of the schools and a locator map help illustrate an important part of our past.

Railroads and logging were the first activities in our county.  Several lumbering companies and sawmills operated during the late 1800s into early 1900s.  Many communities sprung up around Otsego County to accommodate the booming industry.  Now most are abandoned and referred to as Ghost Towns.
The Michigan Central Railroad entered Otsego County in 1873 and the Boyne City, Gaylord & Alpena Railroad began in 1913.
The Chatter Box restaurant was a popular hang our for local teenagers.  When the Otsego County Library purchased the land and building - they donated this booth to the museum.

The jukebox was donated by Jim and Betty Moore

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Otsego County
Historical Society

320 W. Main St.
Gaylord, Michigan

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1223
Gaylord, MI  49734

(989) 732-4568


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