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Our Mission

OVPA:

  • Preserves the charm, beauty, and historical nature of the village of Omena.

  • Owns, maintains, and manages selected properties that are important in preserving the character of the village.

  • Sponsors educational and cultural activities to enhance the appreciation of Omena’s unique history.

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Our History

It all started in 2002…

…when nine area residents came together to purchase the buildings that house the Omena Post Office and the adjacent Anderson House. Concerned that those properties, then up for sale, were a prime location for commercial development that might not fit with the rest of the village, these nine residents formed the Omena Village Preservation Association (OVPA) to purchase the historic buildings. Thanks to the efforts of many OVPA donors and volunteers, Omena continues to display the charm of a late 1800s Northern Michigan settlement. In 2018, OVPA has grown to 100 members.

Our Accomplishments since the founding of the OVPA in 2002:

  • Purchased, preserved, and upgraded the historic Omena Post Office and the adjacent Anderson House while staying true to their authentic roots.

  • Purchased and leased the land where Omena Historical Society sited the Putnam-Cloud Tower House Museum, saving it from demolition.

  • Successfully raised funds to become the sole proprietor of the Omena Post Office, the Anderson House, and the land that surrounds it.

  • Purchased, renovated, and furnished the Lavender Lane House located at the corner of Omena Point Road and M-22, that is now being used as a rental property.

  • Renovated the former herbal gift shop on the Lavender Lane property that now serves as the OVPA office/conference room and the community computer “hot spot” available to members and their families.

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OVPA members volunteer at a “worker bee” to prepare the Lavender Lane house for renters.


“It takes a community working together, to be sustainable, and to thrive.”

- Austin Jones, Founder 2002