In 1981 Roger donated his property to the Society with a life lease. Construction of a log cabin building begun in 1989 and the North Berrien Historical Museum opened in April 1992. 

The museum was the beginning of a complex that came to include five buildings on a four acre campus. In 1994 the Nichols family donated money for the construction of an Agricultural Barn just east of the main museum, and in 1998 the Beverly family donated a wing--doubling the size of the building. In 2001 Roger Carter passed away and his house and barn were added to the inventory of museum buildings. Finally in 2003 a one-room print shop building was constructed to house printing equipment from the Watervliet Record newspaper. 

In 2006 a millage was passed in Hagar, Coloma, Watervliet, and Bainbridge townships, as well as the cities of Coloma and Watervliet, to support the operations of the museum and mission of the North Berrien Historical Society. A director and staff were hired to administer the Society and its collections so that they may be used for the maximum public good.

The museum is open year-round & general admission is free

  • Summer Hours:
    Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Winter Hours:
    Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

All buildings are handicap accessible. Groups of ten or more interested in a guided tour are encouraged to give advance notice.