This is the home of Michigan pioneers who helped develop the Capitol City and the state. They were progressive leaders, supporters of higher education for women, abolition, liquor control, the silver standard, Saginaw mill strikers (Knights of Labor), and the development of arts and culture.
Gracefully situated high on the banks of the Grand River, this National Historic Place is a fine example of Classical Revival style architecture and is noted for its exceptional hand-crafted oak woodwork, French leaded glass windows, classical entrances, elegant Ionic columns, five fireplaces, and 12 foot embossed, tin ceilings. It was authentically restored in 2002 to the 1903 period.
We are part of Lansing's historic and artsy Old Town at the north end of Lansing's eight mile Louis F. Adado Riverfront Park and Trail System. Stroll, hike or bike along the eight-mile (13-km) scenic path bordering the Grand River. This capital city is home to Michigan State University.
As the Friends of Turner-Dodge put it, "We deliver the past!"
The original home was built in 1858 by Marion and James Turner. In 1903, daughter Abby Turner and her husband, Frank Dodge, enlarged the house to its existing grandeur.
The 8,500 square foot house and surrounding 8.5 acres of park land are now owned by the people of Lansing and maintained and operated by the Lansing Parks and Recreation Department as a cultural center.
We offer historic tours, heritage lectures and programs, recitals, school tours, teas, children's birthday parties, a Heritage Badge Program for Scouts, special events and receptions. A unique history camp, designed for elementary age children, is offered in the summer. The house is also available for rental.
Your donations help:
The donations will be used by the Friend of Turner-Dodge to fund restoration projects to keep the house in the original condition.
There are many ways you can get involved.
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