The Niles History
The Niles History Center is located at 508 E. Main Street at the corner of
5th and Main Streets.
History Center includes the Fort St. Joseph Museum and the Chapin
Mansion. Located in the former carriage house of the beautiful
Victorian period Chapin Mansion, the museum tells the story of Niles
from the prehistoric era to the present.
Fort St. Joseph Museum
are in the process of updating our exhibits and invite you to visit
while we carry out renovations. Our first floor will focus on
discoveries made through the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project,
which is literally rewriting our history! Additional museum exhibits
Ice Age Fossils and Prehistoric People of
Underground Railroad Connections
Pictographs Drawn by Chief Sitting Bull
Railroads, Business and Industry
Civil War and Military Service
Henry and Ruby Chapin constructed their magnificent home in 1882.
Donated to the City of Niles in 1933, it served as City Hall and is
now administered by the Niles History Center.
Ornate stained glass windows,
beveled mirrors, impressive brass chandeliers, beautiful
hand-carved woodwork and nine fireplaces will transport you back to
the decadent Aesthetic period of the 1880s.
Guided tours are held from
April to December, Special programs and events will take place
throughout the year. The Niles History Center is seeking
donations for historical rehabilitation of the mansion. Ask how
you can be involved!
Fort St. Joseph Museum Visiting Hours:
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Admission is FREE
Closed major holidays.
Historic Chapin Mansion
Admission is $5 for
ages 10 and over.
Closed major holidays.
us for Tour Schedules as the Mansion will close
Guided tours will resume in late April.
Look for special events to take place during the winter
Call or Email to Schedule Group
Groups are welcome but a two week notice is requested. For
more information call 269-845.4054 or
send an email.
Local History Activities and Fun Facts
Please visit these sites for
fun activities for all ages:
Have You Visited the Museum Lately?
you haven't, I would encourage you to do so. Niles has a wonderful,
wide ranging history that we can all be proud of. What other town
can you think of that has a fort, the Underground Railroad,
pictographs by Chief Sitting Bull and a railroad classification yard
in its history? Not to mention Rudolph and a two-headed lamb. You'll
find these stories and lots more at the museum.
See You At the Museum!