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The Old Rugged Cross Museum

Located at Rambadt Park, 4918 Park Street, Near the US-10 and US-131 Intersection.

The Old Rugged Cross Historical Museum is an outgrowth of a memorial cross erected and dedicated on September 14, 1954, north of Reed City, Michigan, near the home of Reverend and Mrs. George Bennard.

Reverend Bennard was the author of well-loved hymn “The Old Rugged Cross” written in 1913. The museum presently contains mementos and relics not only from the Bennard home, but also from the original Osceola County Historical Museum, which was opened in downtown Reed City on August 1, 1968. The present museum opened August 19, 1990.

The Old Rugged Cross Historical Museum contains three rooms. The first room is divided into six rooms depicting life in the Reed City area before 1990: dining room, kitchen, parlor, bedroom, office (items from the Reed City businesses), and a clothing room.

The second room contains displays of early farm equipment, Indian artifacts, two early stage curtains (complete with advertising), equipment from the Reed City factory of Michigan Cottage Cheese, an antique fire hose, a 1930’s era fire truck and equipment.

The museum’s third room is devoted to the life, possessions and music of the Reverend George Bennard. It contains furniture, personal items, and music form the Bennard home, which was located on Mackinaw Trail (Old US 131) 4 1⁄2 miles north of US 10.

The Museum Also Houses the Archives of the Reed City Area Genealogical Society.

The Old Rugged Cross Historical MuseumThe Reed City Area Genealogical Society collection includes microfilms of the old Reed City area newspapers and Osceola County census records, obituaries, plat books, family files and old pictures. The resources are available to the public during regular museum hours and by appointment.

  • Open May 1 – August 31
  • Hours: 1 - 4pm
  • Open Wed, Thurs, Fri, & Sat (Holidays Closed)
  • Donations Encouraged and Appreciated to Defray Expenses

The Old Rugged Cross Museum is located at:
4918 Park Street
PO Box 52
Reed City, MI 49677

For more information, please contact the Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce at (231) 832-5431 or Paul and Jean Roggow at (231) 832-2707.

Reed City Crossroads

City of Reed City
227 East Lincoln - Map
Reed City, Michigan 49677
Phone (231) 832-2245

Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce
200 N. Chestnut Street - Map
P.O. Box 27
Reed City, Michigan 49677
Phone: (231) 832-5431