Pittsfield Township Historical Society

NEWS - Don't miss our 3rd Sunday tours of the historic 

Sutherland-Wilson Farmstead!

          Docent leading a tour of the historic Sutherland-Wilson house

The Sutherland-Wilson Farmstead hosts free house tours May through October 2023. You are invited to walk through the historic home of Langford and Lydia Sutherland who settled in Pittsfield Township in 1833. Docents will tell you the history of the farmstead and the families who lived there from 1833 to 2003. Also featured each month will be a loom demonstration in the restored 1840s barn by Susan McDowell. 
Tour days are May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, and October 15. Hours are 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Address: 797 Textile Road, Ann Arbor, MI. 
May through July local artists will exhibit their art in the new exhibit area. This year's art will be depicting Washtenaw County landscapes: water scenes; lakes, rivers or streams; flora or fauna including wildlife or domestic animals; and cityscapes. August through October will be an exhibit of works by various fiber artists.  
Contact info@pittsfieldhistory.org for more information.


Once the home of mastodons then buffalo, Pittsfield Township was the crossroads of native peoples for more than 10,000 years. The first European settlers began to arrive in 1824 to farm the Michigan wilderness. Today, Pittsfield Charter Township is the third largest municipality in Washtenaw County and home to almost 40,000 people.

The Pittsfield Township Historical Society is a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of Pittsfield Township and the traditions of those who have lived here. Since we began in 1998*, our major project has been restoring the 1830s Sutherland-Wilson farmstead. We also hold educational programs for the public, manage the Township's historical archive and preserve our history for the future.  

The Pittsfield Township Historical Society is a tax-exempt organization under both federal and state law. All contributions to the society are tax deductible. 

The historical society would appreciate your participation, contributions of historical documents and objects, as well as financial contributions.IMG_0893

The Sutherland-Wilson Farm Museum

* While the current Pittsfield Township Historical Society was founded in 1998, there was an earlier committee formed in the late 1970s. That committee performed important functions -- gathering and preserving documents and preparing some written text on the early history of Pittsfield Township. We are indebted to the earlier committee and honor their contributions to our common objectives. Read this 1979 article from the Ann Arbor News that tells their history.

Scenes from the historic Sutherland-Wilson Farm

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    Pittsfield Township Historical Society

    PO Box 6013

    Ann Arbor, MI 48106


    Elizabeth McGuire Heller




    Vice President

    Mary Ellen Wall