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Berrien County Historical Association

Berrien County Historical Association


About Us

The Berrien County Historical Association was established in 1968 to preserve the 1839 County Courthouse and serve as the heart of Berrien County’s past. Since then, the grounds have expanded to include four additional buildings and is now referred to as the History Center at Courthouse Square. In addition to permanent exhibits exploring the story of Berrien County's heritage and history, the BCHA also hosts temporary exhibits throughout the year, where they dive deeper into selected topics. As part of their mission to connect visitors and residents to the past, numerous programs are hosted each year, including a monthly lecture series, musical concerts, and the ever popular Pickle Festival. While exhibits are free, some programs may have a fee and attendees are encouraged to visit our website or Facebook page's event section to learn more.

Due to the historic nature of our grounds, accessibility for our guests with disabilities is not 100% throughout the property. We encourage you to call us to learn more about how you can still enjoy the stories of the Courthouse Square!

During the winter months, Bennett's Forge and the Murdoch Log Cabin are closed to the public for their safety when the temperature drops below 30* as neither building are temperature-regulated at this time.


  • Family-friendly
  • Engaging gift shop
  • Pet-friendly
  • Close to downtown Berrien Springs
  • Grounds perfect for picnicking and relaxing!


The 1839 Courthouse
1830 Murdoch Log Cabin
1870 Sheriff's Residence and Jail Plaza
Bennett's Forge
Harbor Country permanent exhibit
2021 Pickle Festival

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