Attractions December 15, 2016
10 Unique Villages In Michigan Where You’ll Be Swept Back In Time
With the new year quickly approaching, you’re certainly reflecting on the ups and downs of 2016. It has undoubtedly been a stressful year for many Michiganders — and perhaps you’re looking for a temporary escape to a simpler time. Well, look no further: here are ten wonderful historical villages in Michigan that will take you to a different era.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Nelis' Dutch Village (12350 James St, Holland)
This adorable Dutch-themed park in Holland has something for everyone, whether it’s a petting zoo, an on-site wooden shoe factory, or daily performances of traditional Dutch Klompen dancing.
2. Greenfield Village (20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn)
Visit this beloved attraction in Dearborn for a beautiful walk back in time. You’ll watch as Model Ts drive past and interact with employees in period-themed clothing. It doesn’t get much more authentic than this.
A visit to Frankenmuth is like stepping directly into a real-life Bavarian village. Admire the unique architecture, grab a meal at Zehnder’s, and finish your day off with a pint at Frankenmuth Brewery.
4. Greenmead Historical Park (38125 Base Line Rd., Livonia)
This 95-acre park in Livonia pays homage to Michigan’s agricultural past. You’ll peruse an authentic farmhouse and its outbuildings during your visit to Greenmead.
5. Heritage Village at Mackinaw (1425 W Central Ave, Mackinaw City)
Head north to Mackinaw City for a trip back in time. Take a horse-drawn ride through 143 acres of land that pay tripute to Michigan’s history in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
6. Waterloo Farm Museum (9998 Waterloo Munith Rd, Grass Lake)
This scenic site in Grass Lake is a popular venue for weddings and other events, but you’ll have a special experience no matter why you visit. Be sure to check out the nearby Dewey Schoolhouse for a look at pioneer education in our state.
7. Fountain Point Resort (990 S Lake Leelanau Dr, Lake Leelanau)
This historic resort in Lake Leelanau gives visitors the chance to experience life as it was in a simpler time. Gather with friends and family and enjoy a weekend on the lake, which has been drawing in Michiganders since the late 19th century.
8. Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad (6140 Bray Road, Flint)
Head to Flint for an up-close look at Michigan’s fascinating history. Whether you’re riding the on-site steam locomotive or touring a restored 19th century building, this is one village that you won't soon forget.
9. Historic Fort Wayne (6325 W Jefferson Ave, Detroit)
This important military site in Detroit offers visitors the chance to see original barracks built in 1848. You’ll marvel at 96 acres of authentic buildings, including a hospital, recreation building, and several shops.
10. Corunna Historical Village (Village Dr, Corunna)
The town of Corunna houses this quaint historical area, which is sure to charm visitors of all ages. In warmer months, peruse the garden and appreciate plenty of marvelous scenery.
Did we leave one of your favorite villages off the list? Please tell us about it in the comment section!