Introduction to Charlotte, Michigan
Charlotte, Michigan, in Eaton county, is 18 miles SW of Lansing, Michigan (center to center) and 90 miles NW of Toledo, Ohio. The city, which is located in the Lansing - East Lansing metropolitan area, has a population of 8,389.
In the early days, Charlotte was primarily an overgrown prairie. It was incorporated as a village in October, 1863 and on March 29, 1871, it was reincorporated as a city. According to one tradition, the community was named in honor of settler E. B. Bostwick's wife. The Grand River Valley Railroad was built in 1868, and the Peninsular Railroad was constructed in 1870. Both railroads played important roles in the growth and development of Charlotte.
Charlotte and Nearby Attractions
- Charlton Park Village & Museums
- Battle Creek Sanitarium
- Binder Park Zoo
- Waterloo State Recreation Area
- Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park
- Hidden Lake Gardens
Things To Do In Charlotte
The Charlton Park Village & Museums features a recreated 19th century Michigan village. R.E. Olds Transportation Museum includes Oldsmobiles, as well as other vehicles like Durant, Viking, REO, Star, buggies, trucks, and bicycles. The city also offers easy access to numerous other museums and historical sites including the Battle Creek Sanatarium, W.K. Kellogg House, Kimball House Museum, Lansing Art Gallery, and Michigan Historical Center. Among other popular places to visit near Charlotte are the Binder Park Zoo, the Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park, the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden, the Potter Park Zoo, and Hidden Lake Gardens. In addition, the city hosts the Eaton County Fair, Frontier Days, Bluegrass Festival, and Michigan Apple Festival every year.
Air transportation is available from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
Charlotte Higher Education
Colleges close to Charlotte are Michigan State University, Kellogg Community College, Spring Arbor University, and Lansing Community College.