Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad – Flint, Michigan

Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad - Flint, Michigan.jpgCrossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad – Flint, Michigan

Come back to the 1800′s and visit the small town that was built on the edge of Mott Lake.  Well, actually the buildings were moved here from different locations to make up the village of Crossroads.  There are 35 buildings in the community that offer you the opportunity to see what life was like in the 1800′s.

There is the Master Cider Mill that is certainly a place where everyone wants to visit, to take the time to see how cider is made.  There is a barbershop where the locals gather for a game of checkers and to catch up on the latest talk around town.  The opera house has musicians warming up for their performance and a lady gathering flowers from her garden.  The sawmill cranks out the planks used for building and the Atlas Mill turning wheat into flour beneath the big grinding stones. 

Mom takes the time to teach her daughter how to crochet and of course there are the wonderful hand made quilts to be admired.  While all this is going on the train comes into town, blowing it whistle to let everyone know that it has arrived and is ready to pick up its passengers for the next trip on the Huckleberry Railroad.

The Huckleberry Railroad will take you on a 35 minute ride through the scenic woods and meadows while going alongside the Mott Lake.  The train wasn’t named after Huckleberry Finn it was named because it moved so slowly that a person could jump off the train, pick huckleberries and jump back on and continue the trip.

There are so many things to do and see in the village and around that you will need to come and see them all to fully understand how wonderful it is.

The history of the railroad began in 1857 as part of the Flint Pere Marquette Railroad Company.  In the years that followed the Pere Marquette was absorbed by the C&O (Chesapeake and Ohio) Railroad and then the C&O merged with other lines and eventually became the Chessie System which is now the CSX.

There are now 7 locomotives owned by the Huckleberry Railroad, tow cabooses, one hopper car, and motor car (Speeder). 

The Huckleberry Railroad
Scenic 35-minute Train Rides
6140 Bray Rd., Flint, MI 48505
May 24th ~ September 1st, 2008
Wednesday thru Sunday & Holidays – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Summer Train Departures:
May 24 – June 13:
Weekdays (Wed, Thurs, Fri): 10:20, 11:10, Noon, 12:50, 1:40, 3:00 and 4:00
Weekends (Sat & Sun): Noon, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00
June 14 – September 1:
Wed – Sun: Noon, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00

There is also the Genesse Belle  Paddlewheel riverboat which runs throughout the summer.  Reservations are required for the Lunch Cruise.  The Brown Bag Lunch Cruise tickets may be purchased in advance or on the boat based on availability.  Sunday Evening cruise tickets may be purchased at the Stepping Stone Falls Concession window one hour prior to the cruise.

Genesee Belle Village Departures
Wednesdays and Thursdays:
2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
(except Wed., July 4th: 11:00 a.m., 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 , & 4 p.m.)
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays:
11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.

The village encourages you to come out for the holidays.  For Halloween you can take a trick or treat tour through the haunted village and ride the Huckleberry Ghost Train.  You’ll meet friendly witches and happy ghosts, walk through an enchanted forest where trees have eyes, see an old-fashioned magic show at the opera house and shop at the Treasure Chest, complete with parrots. There’s even a ghost fort…and dancing monsters! Ride the mysterious Huckleberry Ghost Train Express and tiptoe past the Pharaoh’s Tomb! Explore the maize of straw and munch a crunchy apple at the cider mill. It’s all fun, not frightening, and there are donuts and candy for everyone. On weekends, you can take a cruise aboard the Genesee Belle Riverboat. Crossroads Village is open every weekend in October for ghosts and goodies. No matter how young or old you are, come celebrate Halloween at Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad with all your spooky friends!

Reservation Hours
Reservation office hours (walk in and by phone), Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 800.648.7275, ext. 6.
 
Hours
Weekdays: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Weekends: 12:00 noon – 9:00 p.m.
Ticket booths open one-half hour prior and ticket sales end at 8:30 p.m.

Ticket Ages:  All Persons Over   12  Months.  No group discounts.

Village Only Ticket (Any day)
    $10.00

Combination Ticket – Village/Train -OR- Village/Boat (Any day)
    $13.00

Deluxe Ticket – Village, Train AND Boat (Sat. & Sun.)
    $16.00

Genesee Belle Tickets
Added on to combination ticket, purchased in conjunction with free admission only pass, or added on to family pass during Halloween program:
Tickets: Adults & Seniors: $3.00 and Child: $2.50

Train Tickets
Purchased in conjunction with free admission only pass:
Everyone 13 mos. and older: $4.75

~ Ticket Prices Apply to Everyone 24 mos. and older ~
~ No Group Discounts ~

Come and enjoy a taste of the past, you will want to come back time after time!

Location:  6140 Bray Rd., Flint, MI 48505

Hours:  Wednesday thru Sunday & Holidays 10 – 5 The end of May through September 1.

Amusement Ride Tickets
Amusement Rides: Carousel, Ferris wheel, Venetian swing, miniature pony cart, miniature mechanical train, and wheelchair swing.
$1.25 each or 4 for $4.00
Last regularly scheduled train runs at 7:30 p.m.

Spend part of the Christmas holiday at the Village where the whole area is turned into a fantasy land with sparkling lights and moving light display.  Ride the Huckleberry Railroad adn see the beauty of a Michigan winter on the land.

Viillagers in costume will welcome you to their homes and shops.  The Colwell Opera House presents live entertainment and of course, Santa talks with the children.

Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic opens for the holiday season the day after Thanksgiving, Friday.  Opening night festivities include fireworks, live music, craft for kids, model train display, wandering elf and reindeer, and lighting of the magnificent tree of lights.

 

 

The village encourages you to come out for your bargain holidays from Late Deals. For Halloween you can take a trick or treat tour through the haunted village and ride the Huckleberry Ghost Train. You’ll meet friendly witches and happy ghosts, walk through an enchanted forest where trees have eyes, see an old-fashioned magic show at the opera house and shop at the Treasure Chest, complete with parrots. There’s even a ghost fort…and dancing monsters! Ride the mysterious Huckleberry Ghost Train Express and tiptoe past the Pharaoh’s Tomb! Explore the maize of straw and munch a crunchy apple at the cider mill. It’s all fun, not frightening, and there are donuts and candy for everyone. On weekends, you can take a cruise aboard the Genesee Belle Riverboat. Crossroads Village is open every weekend in October for ghosts and goodies. No matter how young or old you are, come celebrate Halloween at Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad with all your spooky friends!

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