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Event: Alert Alert: HARVEST TIME ON THE FARM  [Details]  [More Events]
Date: Sun 5 Oct 2014
Description: wagonpumpkin_r.lane.jpg This Sunday event offers good times for all ages. Take a wagon ride from the adjoining shopping center, where you can park free. See our live animals, farm gardens, demonstrations, displays, traditional crafters, and things for children to enjoy.

Highlights & Entertainment:

12:00 Noon: Dedication of the Granite Rock and Bronze Plaque commemorating the 1901 Establishment of Rentschler Farm and the 2014 National Register Designation.

1:00pm and 3:30pm Twisting with Aesop, Saline Area Players in the Upper Hay Barn. This is a fun rendition of Aesop tales and songs performed by local professionals.

2:00pm Saline Big Band outside the Lower Dairy Barn. Entertaining Salinians since 1973, we are please to have this prestigious group of jazz musicians join us.

There will be activities on the lawn for children, too.

Visit each of the farm buildings and tour the farmhouse, which is interpreted as a family might have used it in the 1930s. The Farm Gift Shop includes books on Saline history, as well as locally crafted gifts. Rentschler Farm is the official Saline site for the Heritage Passport Stamp (free). Bring your own National Parks Passport or purchase one in the gift shop.

Food: Available for purchase from Kiwanis and Lions Club Food Wagons. Good weather will make this a memorable day.

Admission: $1 adults; children free.

Please Note: CLOSED the day before Harvest Time, as we get ready for the big day. After Harvest Time, the farmhouse and gift shop continue to be open on Saturdays until December 20, 2014. Visitors may always walk around the farm complex and read signs at the front of each building, whether officially open or not.



For a complete listing of current programs and events, clink this LINK.


We are happy to announce that the Rentschler Farm Museum is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Due to the diligent work of Board Member, Cynthia Christensen, we have finally been awarded this distinction after several years of trying. Together with the Depot Museum -- which has been on the National Register since 1995 -- we MADE IT!


During the summer season, a visit to Rentschler Farm is an official National Passport Stop. For information, see National Passport Stamp Program. Passports and stamps are available in the Rentschler Farm Gift Shop during the summer season. Hours: Saturdays between 11:00-3:00.

During the winter months when the farm is closed, the stamp will be available at the Railroad Depot Museum on Saturdays, 11:00-3:00.


Historical Washtenaw Area Attractions. Click here to see a beautiful, full-color 3 x 8 brochure featuring photos and information on each of our 27 historic county member organizations. The reverse side of the brochure unfolds to display a 17 x 22 map of Washtenaw County showing the location and address of each museum, library, and attraction. A free copy can also be picked up at the Rentschler Farm or at the Saline Railroad Depot Museum.

Saline Depot, as pictured on a 19th century postcard (click to enlarge)


You can very quickly become acquainted with our two museums by visiting Saline Railroad Depot Museum and Rentschler Farm Museum.

Barns at the Rentschler Farm Museum (click to enlarge)


To read our current newsletter, as well as past issues, follow this link


LOCAL HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS: Let us scan your family photos for our archives, especially if you can supply the name of the subjects. All photos can be returned to you, the owner. Call the society office for an appointment: 734-944-0442 .

SALINE HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOKS: We would like to develop a collection of Saline High School Yearbooks. If you have one that you don't want, keep us in mind.

OBITUARIES: A great deal of local history can be gleaned from old obituaries. If you have any to share, especially old ones, we can scan them. You keep the original. Let us know.


Many of our readers come to our website looking for information on the history of our town and our area. With that in mind, for a detailed article see History of Saline.


This page was updated September, 2014. Please check here often for fresh news and additional articles of historic interest. Feel free to contact us if you have suggestions, want to ask a question about Saline history, or wish to share a comment or opinion about the work of the Saline Area Historical Society.

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