Introduction to Hudsonville, Michigan
Hudsonville, Michigan, in Ottawa county, is 8 miles W of Wyoming, Michigan (center to center) and 104 miles E of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is within the Grand Rapids - Muskegon - Holland metropolitan area.
Hudsonville was named in honor of Homer E. Hudson, who was one of the first settlers in the area of the Georgetown Township, around 1848. He established an orchard and subsequently, several orchards grew around the state. Hudson was joined by other settlers; notable amongst them was Hughes Park. He also started several sawmills, and ran a farm in the area. In 1873, Homer gave land to the community to form the village of Hudsonville. Previously this area was called South Georgetown, but on February 18, 1872, it was renamed as Hudsonville. The arrival of the Dutch immigrants in the 1890s led to the establishment of productive farms, producing onions, celery, and other crops. Slowly, this village grew to become Hudsonville city -the third largest city in Ottawa County.
Hudsonville and Nearby Attractions
- Cappon House Museum
- Settlers House
- Grand Haven State Park
- John Ball Zoo
- Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park
Things To Do In Hudsonville
Nearby museums include Cappon House Museum, Gerald R. Ford Museum, Outdoor Discovery Center and Grand Rapids Art Museum, all of which have historical artifacts on display. Settlers House, the cottage which belonged to Irish Canadian immigrant Thomas Morrissey, has artifacts from the mid to late 19th century on display. Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park offers indoor theme gardens, nature trails, and sculpture galleries. John Ball Zoo has numerous species of animals available for viewing.
Air transportation is available from Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
Hudsonville Higher Education
Nearby universities and colleges include Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Aquinas College, and Hope College.