Introduction to Livonia, Michigan
Livonia is a Michigan city located in Wayne County and situated about 20 miles northwest of Detroit. It is considered part of the Detroit metropolitan area. The city's location offers easy east-west access via Interstate I-96 and north-south transit via Interstate I-275. Other major thoroughfares fan out in all directions from the city, including Michigan State Highways 5, 14, and 39.
Although originally inhabited by Potowatami Indians, the area that is now Livonia was settled by pioneers from New England and New York who were attracted by its rich soil and abundant harvests. The name "Livonia," which is also the name of towns in New York State and Pennsylvania State, was probably named after a region of the Baltic Sea comprising present day Estonia and Latvia. Livonia Township was officially established in 1835 and existed during its first century as primarily a dairy and farming region. Agriculture gave way to commerce and industry in 1948, when the General Motors Corporation built an automatic transmission plant and Ford Motor Company soon followed with a parts depot. In 1950, the Township became incorporated as the City of Livonia. Major local employers today include Ford Motor Company, General Motors, United Parcel Services and St. Mary Mercy Hospital.
Things to See and Do in Livonia
Livonia offers a wide array of historic, cultural, and recreational attractions. The past is preserved and showcased at Greenmead Historical Village and the Wilson Barn. Greenmead, a 103-acre farm/museum, features some of Livonia’s original buildings dating back to the 1850s and is also the site of special events including the annual Fine Arts Festival and Arts and Crafts Festival. Wilson Barn is also the venue for several events throughout the year, including holiday programs, flower sales, and an antique car show. Performance arts are celebrated and embraced in Livonia. The Livonia Symphony Orchestra offers a full concert series and special performances which include Broadway and movie musicals. The Livonia Civic Chorus is another prominent group which stages various performances throughout the city, including an annual spring musical. Each year the people of Livonia celebrate the founding of the city with a week-long birthday party known as Spree. The June event features food, amusement rides, music, fireworks and various attractions for the whole family.
Major league sports are less than 30 minutes away in the city of Detroit. Professional teams calling Detroit their home include the following:
- Hockey: Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
- Baseball: Detroit Tigers (MLB)
- Football: Detroit Lions (NFL)
- Basketball: Detroit Pistons (NBA)
- Women's Basketball: Detroit Shock (WNBA)