Apple Island Tours


Saturday, May 20 & Sunday, May 21, 2017 10 a.m. -3:30 p.m.,
Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road

Self-paced, guided tours of Apple Island. First come, first served. No reservations. 3:30 p.m. is last departure. $15 adult ticket donation, $10 child (5-12 years, no kids under 5) ticket donation. $5 GWBHS and Time Travelers members ticket donation. Sponsored with West Bloomfield School District, City of Orchard Lake and Orchard Lake Schools.

Guest Tour Tips

Take a pontoon boat ride to Apple Island for a semi-guided tour of the island. Island volunteer guides provide commentary at select locations and then guests walk at their own pace to the next guide. Allow 2.5 – 3 hours round trip. There are fifteen steps to climb to access the island. Wear walking shoes and dress appropriately for the cooler temperatures at the lake.

Enjoy the free museum with presenters, hand-on activities and archaeological dig experiences, outdoor games, and crafts. Some exhibits and activities focus on early farming in the West Bloomfield area and on Apple Island. Children of all ages can try their hand at farm chores including using a yoke, sharpening wheel, crosscut saw, and juicer and listen to a book about West Bloomfield apple farmers hourly. Presenters share a wide range of topics: spinning, early outboard motors, 2015 archaeological findings from the Emmendorfer historic home and community wide archaeology 2016 opportunities. Refreshments will be available for sale (cash or credit card) on museum grounds.

The Main Event Sponsor for 2016 was Kirsten Douglass of Young Living Essential Oils.

Kirsten Douglass Young Living Essential Oils

2016 Apple Sponsors

Gina Gregory, Judith Graham


Community Partners

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Presenters & Exhibits

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2015 Apple Island Tours presenters
2014 Civic Center TV video
2012 Apple Island Tours event images