Dec 01, 2016

History is all around us in the Ann Arbor Area. From the heart of downtown, to along the River Raisin in Manchester, there is always something to discover. Click the links below for our favorite stories for history buffs from 2016. 

Washtenaw County’s Historic Barns

Washtenaw County is home to a number of beautiful barns from the 19th and 20th centuries. While you may expect to see these barns only in a picturesque calendar, you can see them for yourself thanks to Washtenaw County’s Historic Barn Tours. You can learn more about these unique buildings in our blog about 10 Surprising Facts About Historic Barns in Washtenaw County.

African American History in Washtenaw County

Work continues on the new home for the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County. In 2016, the museum hosted a number of Underground Railroad bus tours that included more than twenty historically important sites in Washtenaw County, including historic homes where runaways were stowed, where the freed slaves began their lives, and the cemeteries in which these legends were buried. For information on 2017 tours, visit the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County’s website.

Discover Manchester

Manchester, Michigan is a charming 19th century village that sits along the River Raisin about 30 minutes from Ann Arbor. Famous for their annual Chicken Broil and the historic architecture that lines downtown, Manchester is a sight to see for history buffs. Read more about the buildings, events, and legacy of Manchester, and plan your trip today.

The State Theatre’s Return to Art Deco

The State Theatre is an Ann Arbor staple for arts and culture enthusiasts. You can always count on The State Theatre to be playing the latest indie flick, or to see an old favorite for their Midnight Movie series. Now there will be twice as many screens to see the movie of your choosing. This iconic building from the 1940’s is getting a major facelift this year to restore it back to its Art Deco décor. We can’t wait to see the completed project, but you can read more about the project here.

Historic Churches in Ypsilanti, Michigan

Ypsilanti is home to a large number of beautiful buildings from year’s passed, including seven historic churches that will take your breath away. Each of these buildings has a vast history reaching back to the 1850’s within the city of Ypsilanti. Read our blog to learn more about the stories behind these beautiful buildings.

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