Introduction to Holly, Michigan
In 1831, the first settler, Nathan Herrick, arrived and in 1843 Ira C. Alger constructed a dam across the Shiawassee River and built a sawmill in the area. He also built a grist mill the following year. The village was named due to an abundance of holly trees in the region. In 1855, the first train entered the area and in the 1860s, Holly became the first rail junction of Michigan. It was officially incorporated as a village in 1865, and in 1875 a fire destroyed a great deal of the village. Numerous buildings on the east side were completely burned.
Holly and Nearby Attractions
- Flushing Area Museum
- Waterworks Park
- Groveland Oaks County Park
- Hadley House Museum
- Detroit Zoo
Things To Do In Holly
Exhibits on regional history are showcased in the Flushing Area Museum. The Alfred P. Sloan Museum includes antique autos, as well as artifacts reflecting the heritage of the area. The Flint Institute of Arts, the Cranbrook Art Museum, and the Cranbrook Institute of Science are also close by. Among the popular parks in the village of Holly are the Waterworks Park, the Lakeside Park, the Ganshaw Park, the Crapo Park, and the Cyclone Park. Holly also offers easy access to the Detroit Zoo, and the Eastern Market. In addition, the community celebrates the Dickens Festival in the month of November every year.
The closest major airport is the Bishop International Airport.
Holly Higher Education
Baker College of Flint, Cleary College, Kettering University, Mott Community College, and the University of Michigan - Flint are located close to Holly.