The Oakfield Museum at 11009 Podunk Road is under
the direction of the Oakfield Township Historical
Commission of seven township residents appointed by
the township supervisor with approval of the
township board. The Commission meets at the museum
at 10:00 am the third Thursday of April, June,
August and October. Others interested in the museum
and history of Oakfield township are encouraged to
attend the meetings and/or the volunteer days the
opposite months to help with museum operation or
make suggestions to the Commission.
Besides museum operation, the Commission also
identifies historic sites in the township. Thanks to
the Kent County Road Commission, a sign has now been
placed at the site of the Oakfield Center Mill just
south of the museum on Podunk Road. The mill was
built in 1864 and was the center of much activity
until the 1950s, as farmers brought their grains to
be ground, catching up on the latest news as they
waited. Three generations of the Jones family
operated the mill during its heyday. The mill was
removed in 1997 when the dam had to be rebuilt.
The Oakfield Museum is closed for the winter and
May 6 and 7, 2017 for the annual
“Spring Into the Past” tour of small museums
sponsored by the Tri-River Historical Museum Network
when over 29 member museums/historical societies are open from 11 am to 5
pm the first weekend of May. After that, the
Oakfield Museum is open from 2 to 4 pm the second
and fourth Sundays of June through September.
During 2016 over 100 people visited the Oakfield
Museum, including three classes of second graders
from Lincoln Heights Elementary School who come each
year as part of their curriculum on community.
The building that houses the museum was
originally built in 1901 by the Ancient Order of
Gleaners for its meeting hall, then purchased by the
township in 1931 to serve as the township hall until
the new hall was built on M-57 in the 1980s. Several
unique items once stored in a hidden cabinet may be
the only such Gleaner artifacts still in existence.
A couple area Gleaner Arbors also support the museum with a
work day and donations which are much appreciated.
Everyone is encouraged to visit the Oakfield
Museum to learn more of the local history and
perhaps help with its operation. For more
information, contact Clair or Sharon Bouck,
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