20 miles southwest of Ann Arbor, Manchester is situated on the River Raisin. It was founded in 1833 and named after Manchester, England. The founders used the river’s water power to establish a thriving community, and the village expanded with a strong German heritage. Manchester’s small-town charm and friendly atmosphere provides a great variety of activities and events for the whole family.

There are several fine family restaurants, gift stores, antiques, and artist studios in downtown Manchester. View the River Raisin Mill Pond and dam raceway as it passes through the downtown area. The village green, the Leonard Preserve and other parks offer beautiful settings for an afternoon stroll. The unique Italianate architecture downtown preserves the charm of 19th century America, and includes several historic homes and churches.

Popular annual events include the Manchester Chicken Broil, the Manchester Riverfolk Festival & Jam Camp, the Manchester Community Fair and the River Raisin Canoe Race.

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