Nankin Mills Interpretive Center

The Nankin Mills Interpretive Center is an historic grist mill which has three floors of public displays highlighting; Native American history, water-powered settlements and Underground Railroad history along the Rouge River, as well as, Henry Ford's use of the mill for one of his Village Industry manufacturing sites.

There is no admission fee for an individual to visit the Interpretive Center. Guided tours are available to groups for a fee. To schedule a tour, register for a program or for more information, please call (734) 261-1990.

The Nankin Mills Interpretive Center is located at 33175 Ann Arbor Trail in Westland. The building is on Ann Arbor Trail between Farmington and Merriman Road and there is also a parking lot on Hines Drive.

Hours of Operation:
Open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. & Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Boy and Cub Scout Programs
Nankin Mills Interpretive Center offers programs for Boy and Cub Scouts featuring educational and hands-on activities designed to meet all requirements needed for scouts to earn scout their badges. 

Girl Scout Programs
Nankin Mills Interpretive Center offers programs for Girl Scouts featuring educational and hands-on activities designed to meet all requirements needed for scouts to earn scout their badges.

Home School Classes
Nankin Mills Interpretive Center is pleased to offer our series of monthly educational programs designed for home school students and their parents to attend together. Many of our popular program topics are returning and we have added many new topics as well.

Field Trips
Nankin Mills Interpretive Center offers a variety of interpretive programs specially designed for schools that feature hands-on activities, hikes, games and crafts to enhance the learning experience. We present a large variety of topics but other topics can be provided upon request.

Outreach Programs
Many of our Field Trip program topics can be brought to your site for presentation in modified format. We also visit libraries and other facilities with our Outreach programs.

Public Interpretive Programs 
Public interpretive programs at Nankin Mills are designed for individuals or families to attend, with adults and children participating together. Programs include our larger special events such as Native American Heritage Day, Holiday Fest and Mill Lighting as well as other nature and history programs throughout the year.

Adult History Lecture Series
Sponsored by the Friends of Nankin Mills, a long-standing support group of the Nankin Mills Interpretive Center, these lectures feature a variety of topics related to the history of our site. Past talks and events have included history about Henry Ford, the Underground Railroad, the War of 1812 and much more!

Adult Botany Hike Series
Wayne County offers many natural areas that are hidden treasures. Seasonal hikes led by the county naturalist will feature the rare and unique plants and history of the Holiday Nature Preserve and Bennett Arboretum.

Southeastern Michigan Butterfly Association (SEMBA)
Nankin Mills is pleased to host monthly meetings and programs sponsored by the Southeast Michigan Butterfly Association (SEMBA).  Meetings and programs are open to the public and feature interesting and enjoyable information about butterflies and butterfly gardening.
Recommended for an adult audience. 

Department of Public Services
(313) 224-7600

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