Guided Historic Walking Tours of The Village at Grand Traverse Commons


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    Take a guided tour and immerse yourself in the long and fascinating history of the Traverse City State Hospital – the 1880-era complex which is now known as The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. A number of guided tours are offered.

    The Guided Historic Walking Tour provides participants with the opportunity to learn about the construction of the asylum, the uses of various structures on the campus, the care and treatment provided to those who struggled with mental issues and called the facility home, and much more. You'll have the chance to walk through an unrenovated historic building and enter the underground stram tunnel built in 1883. Guests must be at least 12 years old to take the tour and those between 12 and 18 are required to have a parent or guardian in attendance.

    The Twilight Tour is designed for those who are seeking an evening adventure on the campus. This tour features excerpts of first-hand experiences from former hospital employees and you'll have the opportunity to hear the creaks and moans as the old buildings settle for the night. You'll tour the basement of a former men's ward cottage as well as the underground steam tunnels. This tour is for guests 16 years and older; those between 16 and 18 are required to have a parent of guardian in attendance.

    The Asylum Flashlight Tour allows participants to explore one of the historic cottages on the property from attic to basement in the dim light of flashlights; the tour concludes with a flashlight-lit walk through the historic steam tunnels running underground under the complex.

    Special tours for photographers are also available. For all tours, dress for the weather as you will be outside for part of the time. Sturdy shoes are encouraged.

    With a million square feet of interior space and 63 acres of grounds, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons obviously has many tales to tell. These tours fill up quickly, so register early.

    Please click here for detailed information about tickets and tour schedules, which vary by day.