South Haven in Van Buren County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
A Farming Heritage
Farming played an important role in the city of South Haven's development, from multiple varieties of fruit to dairy products. The first peach orchard was planted in 1853 by Stephen B. Morehouse and in 1857, Aaron S. Dyckman cultivated the first commercial peach orchard. The following decades saw thousands of baskets of fruit shipping to distant communities, helping launch South Haven's reputation as a major contributing part of the Michigan fruit belt. Since these beginning years, the fruit industry in South Haven has grown tremendously, expanding from peaches to strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, pears, and more.
Dr. Liberty Hyde Bailey Jr. was raised on one of these first orchards and learned how to graft apples at a young age. He attended the Michigan Agricultural College and lived to become a world-renowned scientist, philosopher, and visionary leader, known as the Father of Modern American Horticulture. Today you can visit the original farmhouse at the Bailey Museum & Gardens in South Haven, a National Historic Site.
The Sherman Dairy was established in 1908 with a small herd of dairy cattle. Ralph
Erected 2022 by City of South Haven, Historical Association of South Haven, South Haven Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Kayski Creations. (Marker Number 7.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Education • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1853.
Location. 42° 24.366′ N, 86° 16.573′ W. Marker is in South Haven, Michigan, in Van Buren County. Marker can be reached from Black River Street, half a mile south of Dyckman Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Marker is in Stanley Johnston Park at the top of the hill along Black River Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 202 Dyckman Avenue, South Haven MI 49090, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Peach of a Man (a few steps from this marker); Strike Up the Band! (a few steps from this marker); Captains of Industry (within shouting distance of this marker); Catskills of the MidwestAlgonquin Legends of South Haven (within shouting distance of this marker); Evelyn S (within shouting distance of this marker); A Historic Harbor (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commercial Fishing (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Haven.
More about this marker. Marker is part of South Haven's Sesquicentennial Trail.
Also see . . .
1. Liberty Hyde Bailey. Wikipedia article. (Submitted on August 25, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. History of the Bailey Farmhouse. Page on The Bailey Museum & Gardens website. (Submitted on August 25, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
3. Our Story. History of Sherman's ice cream on the company's website. (Submitted on August 25, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 25, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 67 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 25, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.