Grand Ledge Historical Society features Farm to Table Exhibit

By Emily Cervone
Living In the Ledge

On a non-descript street in Grand Ledge is an old house that was set for demolition many years ago. However, instead of meeting its inevitable fate, a group of people decided that it was worth saving—and turned it into one of the most notable places in the town. “The home was owned by the Methodist Church, and they were planning to tear it down in order to make way for a parking lot,” Grand Ledge Historical Society president Marilyn Smith said. “It was just too interesting to let go. So we bargained with the city, and they decided if we restore the building and kept it in shape for five years, we could keep it.”

Hence, in 1984, the Grand Ledge Historical Society was born.

Local Non-Profit is Anchor for Artist Community

By Emily Cervone
Living In The Ledge

Little did the citizens of Grand Ledge know, Marilyn Smith’s spring break of 1973 would forever change their town and the fate of an 130-year-old building waiting for demolition. “It was a disaster,” said Smith. “There was plaster falling off the walls, it had been vacant for four years. It was unbelievable.”

Yet Smith had a dream after traveling to Grand Rapids for her spring break, where she met a few artists and took painting classes. Born and raised in Grand Ledge, that was the “only thing that was missing” from the town—a place to cultivate and support the arts.