Museum Lecture series, Curator Chats & Gallery Walks on a variety of topics and exhibits are given throughout the year and are announced through Museum publications, and in the media. Admission varies with museum members given a discounted or free admission.

Tours of Ella’s Hillside Farmhouse for adult or student groups may be arranged by contacting the Museum. “Add ons” include slide presentations and “make & take” projects.

Sugaring & Shearing

Welcome Spring at the Ella Sharp Museum’s annual Sugaring & Shearing festival – the last weekend in March. Farm lane will be bustling with activities like Puddingstone Farm’s petting zoo, sheep shearing, and traditional craftsmanship. Stop by the sugar bush for live sap-to-syrup demonstrations. All six galleries will be open with free admission, and all historical buildings will be open to visitors.

To find out more information about the festival or how you can help call 517-787-2320!

Did you know that a professional shearer can shear a sheep in less than 2 minutes? The world record for shearing sheep is 839 lambs in 9 hours, by Rodney Sutton of New Zealand.


Art, Beer & Wine

The 11th annual Art, Beer & Wine Festival presented by County National Bank will be held on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 from noon-6 p.m.! This day is a day of sampling area vintner’s wines and craft beer, purchasing creative work of regional artists and much more, all on the beautiful grounds of the museum campus.

To find out more information about the festival or how you can help call 517-787-2320 or email Kyle Liechty at kylel@ellasharp.org!


Speaking with Spirits: the Ella’s Cemetery Walk

This is a guided walking tour through a portion of Maple Grove Cemetery in Concord. The group will be led to gravesites where they will listen to stories told in the first person by reenactors.

Cost $12 / Members $10
Call the museum at 517-787-2320 to reserve your spot!

Fall Harvest

Takes place on Sunday, October 4th, from noon-4 p.m. and celebrates harvest time with cider and donuts, period foodways demonstrations in Ella’s Farmhouse kitchen, pumpkin decorating, an antique tractor parade, farmers market, new exhibitions, art activities for children, and more. This year’s festival will kickoff the 50th Anniversary of the museum!


Winter Festival

The Winter Festival will take place on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 noon-4 p.m.. This is a free holiday event for the community. Spend the day at the Ella and enjoy coffee, hot chocolate and a variety of treats. Visit with Santa, take a family photo and make some Victorian inspired Christmas crafts to take home to your tree. Our six galleries and historical buildings will be open during the event for free thanks to event sponsors American One and Experience Jackson.


Christmas at Hillside

Take a journey back to the late 1800s for a Victorian farm Christmas experience. Our tour guides will lead you throughout Ella’s historic campus as you enjoy a blend of history and theater. Afterwards, join us in the Granary for refreshments and a pottery sale. Please call the museum at 517-787-2320 to reserve your spot. $25/$20.

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