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Crocker House museum is the historical museum and home of the Macomb County Historical Society. The house was built in 1869 by the first mayor of Mount Clemens, Joshua Dickinson, and was long occupied by Dickinson's daughter, Katherine, and her husband, George M. Crocker, who later also served as mayor of Mount Clemens. The museum offers a late Victorian home-life experience reminiscent of the world renowned Mineral Bath Era of Mount Clemens in Macomb County, Michigan.


  • Crocker House Historical Museum, 15 Union Street, Mount Clemens, Michigan

The first mayor of Mount Clemens, Joshua B. Dickinson, built this Italianate Victorian residence in 1869. His daughter Katherine (1849-1882), the great-granddaughter of city founder Christian Clemens, and his son-in-law, George M. Crocker (1848-1918), moved into it after their marriage in 1870. Crocker, a former prosecuting attorney and justice of the peace, became mayor upon Dickinson's death.

The Crocker family owned the house until 1921. Originally located on the corner of Walnut and Market streets, the house was moved to New Street in May 1909 to make room for a new post office. Max J. Cohen purchased the home from George Crocker's heirs and remodeled it into four apartments. He lived there until his own new residence was finished in 1927. Harry Chevalier purchased the home in 1931 and lived in it, also using it as a dining and gambling establishment.

In the 1970s, the Michigan State Highway Department purchased the property for $17,000. Slated for removal or demolition in 1975, the Crocker House was rescued by the Macomb County Historical Society, which moved it a second time in 1976, to 15 Union Street, and restored it for use as a local history museum. The house received a Michigan Historical Marker in 1988.

"Geo. M. Crocker and Capt. Dulac put electric lighting...," Mount Clemens Monitor, May 30, 1890, p.1.

"George M. Crocker has bought two lots on New street...," Mount Clemens Monitor, April 16, 1909, p.1.

"The moving of the Crocker house...," Mount Clemens Monitor, May 14, 1909, p.1.

“Geo. M. Crocker, once Democrat chief, dies,” Detroit Free Press, January 5, 1918, p.8.

“George M. Crocker,” in Leeson, M. A. History of Macomb County, Michigan. Chicago, M. A. Leeson, 1882, p. 578.

Cecelia T. S. Crocker, Ann S. Crocker and Harry M. Crocker to Max J. Cohen, December 28, 1921, Lot 17 of Kendrick's Subdivision of part of Block 2 of Ashley's Addition to the Village (now City) of Mount Clemens, Macomb County Record of Deeds, liber 189, page 623.

"Max Cohen, city improver, buys the Crocker residence...," Mount Clemens Monitor, April 2, 1920, p.1.

Sadie S. Marks and Fannie I. Cohen to Harry Chevalier and Helen Chevalier, his wife, June 23, 1931, Lot 17 of Kendrick's Subdivision of part of Block 2 of Ashley's Addition to the Village (now City) of Mount Clemens, Macomb County Record of Deeds, liber 317, page 609.

City of Mount Clemens, Michigan to Macomb County Historical Society, March 26, 1975, lot 69 and the easterly 30 feet of lot 70, Assessor's Plat No. 25 of the City of Mount Clemens, Macomb County Record of Deeds, liber 2574, page 509.

“Historical home saved from wrecker,” Macomb Daily, April 8, 1976.

Gebert, Armand. “Mt. Clemens' $200,000 historic house grew from $1,” Detroit News, January 8, 1979, p.6B.

"United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MLRM-J72 : accessed 20 Jun 2014), George M Crocker, Mt Clemens Ward 2, Macomb, Michigan, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 71, sheet 4A, family 93, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1374672.

"United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MS9W-WDC : accessed 21 Jun 2014), George Crocker, Mt Clemens city Ward 3,Macomb, Michigan, United States; citing sheet 8B, family 173, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1240727.

"United States Census, 1880," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWSR-JT3 : accessed 21 Jun 2014), George M Crocker, Mt. Clemens, Macomb, Michigan, United States; citing sheet 395B, NARA microfilm publication T9.

"United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K4G6-48F : accessed 21 Jun 2014), Harry C Chevalier, Mount Clemens, Mount Clemens City, Macomb, Michigan, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 50-42, sheet 6A, family 139, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 1783.