Manchester, 20 miles southwest of Ann Arbor, is a charming 19th-century village with downtown shopping, historic architecture, and enchanting parks all situated on the beautiful River Raisin. Manchester, with its small-town charm and friendly atmosphere, provides a great variety of activities for the whole family, including the famous Manchester Chicken Broil.
Part of the Big 400, Manchester offers amazing self-guided tours of the areas barn quilts, birds, and architecture. At nearby Sharon Mills County Park, you can explore one of the area's most significant historic site in a beautiful natural setting. The mill was originally constructed in the mid-1850s and then purchased and nearly rebuilt by Henry Ford in the 1930s for use as a small factory. This 170-acre park also includes a 3.8-mile hiking and mountain bike trail winding through open fields and along the mill pond.
Arts and Culture
Taste the baked goods, seasonal produce, and other items the local residents have available at the farmers market Thursday afternoons. There are events for kids, including the fairy festival, packed with free root beer, music, dancers and much more. Summer nights come alive during the Gazebo Concerts to see live entertainment by Manchester’s own group, the Raisin Pickers. Or, celebrate this country's independence at one of the area's few fireworks display. The annual Chicken Broil is a great small town event that raises funds for the village.
History and Architecture
Remnants of Manchester's rich history are preserved throughout the area. Downtown Manchester provides a vision of 19th-century America with its unique Italianate architecture. The well-preserved streetscape and elegant private homes are testaments to the lasting influence the village had on arts and culture in the region.