That White Wooden House

Probably quaint would be the word that would pop up in your mind the first time you walk into 326, East Grand River Avenue in Williamston, Michigan. For those of you who are not familiar with this address, it’s the MNA office.

MNA Office

The MNA office was relocated to this quiet Williamston neighborhood on the East Grand River Avenue road in 2002. This white wooden house that has been made into an office by the MNA exists from 1893. Before the MNA bought this house, it was an antique shop and earlier still, a rectory of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Not much is known about the first occupants of this house but it is fascinating how the house got to its current spot. In the early 1990s the whole house was moved from two blocks to its present location. Yes, you read it right! See the photos if you don’t believe what you just read.

The MNA office was moved from two blocks

Men at work

On the move

The outside walls of the office are painted white with ash-gray tiles on the roof. There is an old world charm to the house that you would discover as soon as you enter through the front porch of the office. There is a distinct scent of old wood that permeates the air. Wooden floors and a staircase greet visitors in the front office space. Take the flight of stairs (which is a wee bit creaky) all the way up to the second floor where there are three rooms and an office/kitchen. The basement of the office has a conference room for meetings.

Wooden staircase

Kitchen/Office

Being centrally located in the state of Michigan makes the MNA office accessible from most major cities like Lansing, Detroit and Ann Arbor.

Map to the MNA office

If driving down from Lansing, you can either take the I-496 E and I-96 E which takes nearly 25 minutes or the W Grand River Ave/MI-43 E that takes half hour. For directions, click here.

It takes a little over an hour to get to the MNA office from Detroit. For directions, click here.

From Ann Arbor it takes a little over 50 minutes if you take US-23 N and I-96 W. If driving from MI-52 N, it takes nearly 1 hour 15 minutes. For directions, click here.

We hope to see you!

—- Text by Anusuya Das —-

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About Michigan Nature Association

The Michigan Nature Association is a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to preserving Michigan’s natural heritage since 1952. MNA protects more than 10,000 acres of land in over 170 nature sanctuaries throughout the state of Michigan, from the tip of Keweenaw in the Upper Peninsula to the Indiana/Ohio border.