South Lyon Area Historical Society

The City of South Lyon is very fortunate to have a group of dedicated volunteers, intent on preserving the history of this area. It is the purpose of the Historical Society to collect, arrange and preserve historical materials, including books, pamphlets, maps, charts, manuscripts, papers, photos, copies of domestic and foreign records and archives, paintings, statuary and other objects and materials illustrative of and relating to the history of the South Lyon area, to procure and preserve narratives of the early pioneers, their exploits, perils, privations and achievements.

Headquartered in the historic Witch's Hat Depot, the South Lyon Area Historical Society's purpose is to bring together those people interested in history, and especially the history of this community. The Society also coordinates the use of the historic buildings located in McHattie Park including tours of the Witch's Hat Depot and Freight House as well tours and use of the Washburn School for special projects.

Museum Hours starting April 1st - Saturday and Sundays - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Little Village Chapel, a 1930's era "kit building" is the most recent addition the Historic Village. Historical Society Officers

Linda Ross, President

Contact the Historical Society:

You can reach the Historical Society at (248) 437-9929.

The Historical Society's mailing address is:
South Lyon Historical Society
300 Dorothy Street
P.O. Box 263
South Lyon, Michigan 48178

Become a Member:
Single: $10.00
Family: $15.00
Patron: $25.00
Lifetime: $150.00


Volunteers needed on Sunday afternoons starting in April. Volunteers help in a variety of ways, including:

  • Being a docent.
  • Helping with displays.
  • Working at Depot Days.
  • Providing programs.
  • Working with the archives.
  • Or any other special talent you may possess that would help to promote the mission of the Historical Society.