Introduction to Hillsdale, Michigan
Native Americans were the original inhabitants of this region. In 1825, a survey was conducted for the Chicago Turnpike. Captain Moses Allen, a veteran of the War of 1812, moved to the area in 1827, but Jeremiah Arnold is considered the first white settler in what was later known as the city of Hillsdale. He arrived in 1834, and built a log cabin. The same year, a store was opened by Chauncey Ferris and John Cook. The Jonesville Presbyterian Church was constructed in 1835, and railroad lines arrived in 1843. Hillsdale was a booming railroad community during the 1840s. Hillsdale was initially incorporated as a village in 1847, and in 1869, it was incorporated as a city. Michigan's first coed college was established in the city of Hillsdale.
Hillsdale and Nearby Attractions
- Lenawee County Historical Society Museum
- Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site
- Slayton Arboretum
- Waterloo State Recreation Area
- Binder Park Zoo
Things To Do In Hillsdale
The city of Hillsdale offers easy access to numerous historical sites like the Battle Creek Sanatarium, Gene Stratton-Porter State Historical Site, the W.K. Kellogg House, and the Croswell Opera House. The Sauder Farm & Craft Village includes a homestead, a log cabin, a jail, and a one-room schoolhouse. Among the exhibits at Mid-America Windmill Museum are several restored windmills. The Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum, Kimball House Museum, and Lenawee County Historical Society Museum house artifacts and memorabilia of historical importance. Binder Park Zoo, Hidden Lake Gardens, Black Pine Animal Park, and Toledo Botanical Garden are other popular attractions. In addition, facilities for boating, fishing, swimming, camping, and picnicking are available at the Pokagon State Park, Steuben County Park, and W.J. Hayes State Park. The community also hosts the Hillsdale County Fair in September every year.
Air transportation is available from the Fort Wayne International Airport.
Hillsdale Higher Education
Colleges near Hillsdale include the Spring Arbor University, Jackson Community College, Kellogg Community College, and Lansing Community College.