Learn the history of Caledonia. Preserve the history of Caledonia. Share the history of Caledonia. The Caledonia Historical Society (CHS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing materials and information relating to the history of Caledonia. The CHS promotes the understanding of the history through the buildings located in the Caledonia Historical Village(CHV)and the artifacts contained within them.
The grounds of the CHV are open from dawn to dusk, but the buildings will not be open. Please observe safe distance practices while enjoying the CHV environs. The CHS is a 501(c)3 non-profit and donations are welcome. There is a donation box on the east side of the 1902 Depot.
THE 2021 FALL FESTIVAL CANCELLED /2021 OPEN HOUSES BEGIN WITH JUNE 20, 2021
The CHS has cancelled the 2021 Fall Festival originally scheduled for the weekend of September 11th- 12th.
However, the monthly open houses at the Caledonia Historical Village will begin with June 20th from 12pm to 4 pm. All of the buildings, including the Machine Shed, will be open to the public with docents available. Thereafter, the open houses will be held the third Sunday of each month through at least September.
WHERE DID THOSE CREAM CITY BRICKS COME FROM?
The heavy clay soil of the southeastern portion of Caledonia was a curse to the farmers of the region, but it was a boon for George Erskine who lived in the Wind Point area in the 1870s. The nature of the soil, just inland from the shore of Lake Michigan, provided Erskine with the raw materials needed to make excellent bricks. Later in the century Adolph and William Hilker would purchase the Erskine property which included the brick factory. The brothers used a large, cream-colored stain of the clay to make bricks there for many years.
Towards the end of the 19th century many of Caledonia's and Racine's public buildings were being remodeled or rebuilt in brick. The Wind Point clay was excellent raw material for the production of large quantities of bricks, most with he distinctive yellowish cast that became known as "Racine" or "Cream City" brick.
The information provided here was taken from the book, "Journey to a Village, Caledonia 1835-2008."
Learn the history of Caledonia. Preserve the history of Caledonia. Share the history of Caledonia. The Caledonia Historical Society (CHS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing materials and information relating to the history of Caledonia. The Society promotes the understanding of the history through the buildings of the Caledonia Historical Village and the artifacts within them.
The March meeting of the Caledonia Historical Society has been cancelled due to the concern for the health and safety of the members and the general public.
The guest speaker, Bill May, of Racine Area Veterans, Inc (RAVI) will be rescheduled for a later date.