History Comes to Life at Historic White Pine Village on Saturday, September 23

Step into a time capsule of intrigue and excitement as we invite you to be a part of a special Sesquicentennial event at the Historic White Pine Village. On Saturday, September 23rd, we will present “The Trial of the Century: Mason County Style.” This unique event is a highlight of the City of Ludington and the Historical Society’s Sesquicentennial Celebrations.

Imagine the thrill of being part of this living history experience, set against the backdrop of our living history museum. The event will run twice that day, at 11:00 a.m. and again at 1:15 p.m., ensuring that all our visitors get to witness this fascinating piece of local history. The Honorable Jeffery C. Nellis, Chief Judge of the Mason County Probate Court, will portray Judge James B. McMahon, adding authenticity to the proceedings. Local attorneys Nick Krieger and Mark Otto will step into the roles of counsel for the plaintiff and defendant, making this event truly special.

But that’s not all – Ludington’s Mayor and former Chief of Police, the Honorable Mark Barnett, will play the role of an escaping prisoner, bringing a touch of suspense to the proceedings. And to make this event even more memorable, Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole will portray his great-grandfather, Henry Cole, who served as County Sheriff from 1899-1903. Local actor and playwright Rick Plummer rounds out the cast as the Court Bailiff, ensuring that every detail is meticulously crafted for historical accuracy.

The short play, expertly written by Dr. Rick Plummer, will captivate our visitors with its dramatic narrative. Historic White Pine Village will open its doors on the day of the event at 10:00 am, providing ample time to immerse yourself in the living history atmosphere before the performance.

And that’s not all; an ice cream social, pie-baking contest, and artisan demonstrations will round out the day, making it a complete and immersive experience for everyone.

Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event.

$20.00 adults

$18.00 Seniors

$15.00 Child (4-17)

Free: under 4

All proceeds go towards the preservation of history at

Historic White Pine Village.