2017 Benton Harbor History Tours

June 7, 2017 4:08 pm Published by

The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center and the Morton House Museum proudly announce Benton Harbor History Tours, a series of historical tours scheduled June through September 2017. Tours will take place on foot, on bike, and on the water, using the preserved streetscape and landscapes around the community to travel back in time. The tours will feature photos, maps, and stories from times past, collected over many years by the Morton House Museum and the Heritage Museum. Benton Harbor History Tours are free to attend, but a donation of $5 per person is suggested to support these local non-profit organizations. Guests are advised to wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.

2017 Benton Harbor History Tours Schedule

Walking Tours – Take a stroll back to Benton Harbor in the 1920s. Historic photos and stories will cover topics including the old ship canal and electric streetcars, business and community sites, prohibition, and the Vincent building’s ties to Chicago gangsters. Meet at The Livery Microbrewery.

  • Friday, June 16 – 5:30 to 6:30pm
  • Monday, August 7 – 6:00 to 7:00pm
  • Sunday, August 27 – 1:00 to 2:00pm

Biking Tour – Bring your own bicycle and meet at the Morton House Museum for departure. The route covers about 3 miles with 6 stops where a guide will present information about Benton Harbor history and culture.

  • Saturday, September 9 – 10:30am to Noon

Paddling Tour – Bring your kayak, paddleboard, or canoe (or rent onsite from Third Coast Paddling) and meet at the Graham Avenue Boat Launch for a 6:00pm sharp departure. This tour will cover history of the Paw Paw River, the Benton Harbor Ship Canal, and maritime transportation and commerce. At this program, Third Coast Paddling will donate $5 from each rental to support Benton Harbor History Tours!

  • Wednesday, August 9 – 6:00 to 7:30pm

Rain date same time one week later.


Benton Harbor History Tours are presented in collaboration by the Morton House Museum and the Heritage Museum & Cultural Center. Reservations for the tours are not required to attend, but are strongly encouraged. To RSVP, please call the Heritage Museum at 269-983-1191 or e-mail info@theheritagemcc.org. Donations in support of Benton Harbor History Tours are gratefully accepted in care of the Heritage Museum by check, by credit card over the phone, or online.