​​Macomb County Heritage Alliance 


Calendar of Events

​MCHA Member Organizations

Friends of the Octagon House Spring Events: 

Open House – April 16  - 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Octagon House, 57500 van Dyke, Washington, Mi 48094.  The 165-year-old Octagon House will be open for self-guided tours.  Docents will be available to offer a history of the house on each floor.  $5.00. Additional information on our website octagonhouse.org or 586-781-02084.

Mother’s Day Tea – May 13. Octagon House, 57500 Van Dyke, Washington, MI.  48094.  Enjoy tea at the Victorian Octagon House.  Reservations are required for $25 including full tea and raffle tickets.  See full information on the menu and times on our website
octagonhouse.org. Visit the calendar.  Reservations @ 586-781-0084
Used Book Collection  - May 15 - 20.  Octagon House, 57500 Van Dyke, Washington, MI 48094.  Books will be collected for the upcoming Book Sale that will be held on May 21.  Leave all books, puzzles, and games (no magazines, educational text, or religious materials) on the porch in the designated area to be collected daily. 

Open House/Book Sale – May 21 – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Octagon House, 57500 Van Dyke, Washington, MI 48094.  The house is open for self-guided tours.  Docents are available to offer the history of the house on each floor.  Come see the new exhibits. $5.00.  Book Sale is in the Milkhouse – no admission charge.  Additional information at our website
octagonhouse.org.  or 586-781-0084.

Barn Sale Collection – June 1 & 2 – noon – 7 p.m. Octagon House Barn 57500 Van Dyke, Washington, MI 48094.  Attendants will be available to collect your items to be sold at the Barn Sale, a fundraiser for the preservation of the Octagon House and property. 
Barn Sale/Open House/Octagardener Plant Sale – June 3 & 4. Octagon House, 57500 Van Dyke, Washington, MI 48094.  Barn Sale 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (no charge), Octagon Open House Noon – 4 p.m. $5, Octagardener Plant Sale 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.    Additional information on the website


A Tour of the Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal, Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Michigan’s first internal improvement project dates back to 1837 - a proposed canal that ran from Lake St. Clair to Lake Michigan, straight through the Rochester community!

Retrace its route from Mt. Clemens to Rochester, see remains of one of the locks, and learn the history of this manmade waterway that endured as a millrace long after its use for transportation ended.

Bring a bag lunch. Participants drive themselves to multiple locations throughout the tour.

Cost: $15/Members, $20/Non-Members
Register online, then pay cash day of the event:

Meet at Clinton Township Hall in the Historic Village 40700 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Township, MI 48038

248-656-4663, rhmuseum@rochesterhills.org

Camp Anderson: Lost Boy Scout Camp Discovered, Thursday, April 20, 2023, 7-8 p.m. 

Ron Novak, former member of Boy Scout Troop 118, will share his memories from the 1970’s of the troop’s private Ray Township campsite.
This hour-long travel in time will explore the artifacts and history he unearthed with his metal detector.

Register by April 15 at raylibrary.org.

Ray Township Community Center
64255 Wolcott (North of 29 Mile Road)
Ray Township, MI 48096