Historic Sites

The recorded history of Grand Rapids extends back some 2,000 years to Native Americans that settled the Grand River Valley. Tucked away off Interstate 96, within the boundaries of Millennium Park, stand a series of burial mounds containing artifacts from these Hopewell peoples. The Norton Mound National Historic Landmark is currently closed to the public, but artifacts from these mounds can be seen at Grand Rapids Public Museum.

More recent Grand Rapids history is on display throughout the region:

Bridges. From picturesque covered bridges to storied urban bridges.

Historic Homes. Including Heritage Hill, named the best old-house neighborhood in Michigan by This Old House magazine.

Dutch Heritage. Large numbers of Dutch immigrants settled in West Michigan beginning in the early 19th century and the region is still associated with Dutch American culture.

Lighthouses. Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state, and some of the best are just a short drive from Grand Rapids.

Maritime History. Museums, festivals and events keep the rich maritime history of nearby Lake Michigan alive.

Historic Museums. History aboud in West Michigan.