About The Grosse Ile Historical Society

The Grosse Ile Historical Society was organized in 1959 and has, since 1967, operated a museum in the old Michigan Central Railroad Depot at the corner of East River Road and Grosse Ile Parkway. With the acquisition of the 1870s Customs House and its move in 1979 from Macomb Street to a spot just behind the depot, the society’s meeting and museum facilities were greatly expanded. 

The Depot and Customs House are located within the East River Road National Historic District. St James Episcopal Church chapel and six old homes north of the chapel are also included in this district. Michigan Historic Site markers can be seen at various places on the island. The Grosse Ile Lighthouse, a prominent landmark on the east shore, is under the society’s protection.

The Grosse Ile Historical Society is a non-profit corporation governed by an elected board of trustees and run by volunteers.

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  Lighthouse Grosse Ile Light
Phone: 734.675.1250
Hours: By appointment only
Tours conducted annually.
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  Customs House Naval Air Station GI Museum
Phone: 734.675.1250
Address: 9601 Groh Road
Grosse Ile, Mi 48138
(Grosse Ile Township Hall)

Hours: (Monday-Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm)
Closed Saturday and Sunday.

  Customs House Customs House
Phone: 734.675.1250
Address: 25020 East River Road
Grosse Ile, Mi 48138
(Parkway at East River Road)

Hours: By appointment only