Midway Village is a living history museum in Rockford, Illinois. On Saturday Boogie and I joined a dear friend from Chicago and got to meet her family at this lovely little facility. Our original plans were to get together at Old World Wisconsin, but as in many best laid plans, they sustained tornado damage a week ago and are closed for repairs. After some Internet searching, I found this place as an alternative. It turned out to be the perfect place for a visit, roughly half way between our respective residences. To say it was not crowded is an understatement, we practically had the place to ourselves. The museum covers the history of the Rockford area, which has quite and industrial past with mills playing a big part. The exhibit area is small, but well done with some 'hands on' displays and the biggest Sock Monkey I have ever seen!
The grounds are beautiful, with well tended buildings and gardens. Since we had three young children, we declined the 40 minute tour, which is included in the $6 adult admission fee, and explored on our own. Certainly a great place for a picnic lunch! While I wouldn't consider this to be a destination attraction, it is well worth the visit if you are in the area, particularly if you are a history buff. This would also be a wonderful place for a wedding and reception.
Debs children are awesome, so well behaved next to my little tyrant who couldn't keep out of the puddles from last nights rain. She, and her husband of course, do such a great job with them. We had wonderful weather sandwiched between early morning thunderstorms and rain again at night. Boogie was able to run to his hearts content