rendering of 200 block north side of Nepessing Street

Lapeer County Historical Society

Lapeer, Michigan 48446


Davis Brothers' Farm Shop

3520 Davis Lake Rd, Lapeer

The Davis Brothers' Farm Shop Museum is one of three museums we operate, and was made possible by a generous donation of the land, buildings, and artifacts by Jim and Patti Davis.

The Farm Shop is the site of our annual Farm Fest held on the fourth Saturday in August.

A saw mill once used on the Davis farm has been restored and is operating during Farm Fest and other special events.

sawmill in operation

Other outdoor demonstrations include threshing oat and wheat with a vintage thresher. A 1930s stationary baler bales the straw from the threshing machine. Other vintage farm equipment is on display.

We have developed a farm history education program for elementary students. This program provides hands-on learning activities to acquaint children with farm life in an earlier time.

The Maple Sugarbush Memorial Grove has expanded yearly as individuals adopt trees to be planted in memory or honor of loved ones. A belt of native white pine was donated and planted by Chatfield students.

maple tree at the sugarbush

Inside the farm shop, visitors will find a working blacksmith shop. In addition, and exhibit called, Centennial Farms of Lapeer County, shares the stories and photos of more than 180 historical farms.

blacksmith at work

A 4-H Exhibit provides artifacts, pictures, and news stories about that organization.

There are other exhibits reflecting farm life in the 1930s and 1940s.

For more information or to arrange a visit for your group to our Farm Shop Museum, please call the museum at 810/245-5808 Wednesday or Saturday from 10am to 3pm.