Overisel in Allegan County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Overisel / Overisel Reformed Church
Seeking religious liberty and better economic opportunity in a new land, the Reverend Seine Bolks and a congregation of about two dozen families, left Hellendoorn, Province of Overisel, The Netherlands, on August 18, 1847. The group wintered in Syracuse, New York, before continuing its journey to “Black Lake County” (present-day Lake Macatawa) in Michigan. The Overisel settlers joined Dutch immigrants in the Holland settlement in June, 1848. They selected land and pooled the gold they had brought with them to purchase 2,000 acres of land from the government and speculators. Prices ranged from $1.25 to $3.00 per acre, and land assignments were determined by lot. The settlers then established the village of Overisel.
Overisel Reformed Church
The Dutch immigrants who established the Overisel congregation in June, 1848 worshipped in homes until a log church was built in 1849. The congregation affiliated with the Reformed Church in America in 1850 and built a larger, frame church in 1851. This Greek Revival Church was erected in 1866 and is
Erected 1988 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1566.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1848.
Location. 42° 43.694′ N, 86° 0.519′ W. Marker is in Overisel, Michigan, in Allegan County. Marker is at the intersection of 142nd Avenue and 47th Street, on the right when traveling east on 142nd Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: A-4706 142nd Avenue, Holland MI 49423, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ebenezer Reformed Church (approx. 3.7 miles away); Old Wing Mission (approx. 3.8 miles away); Oakland Christian Reformed Church (approx. 4.6 miles away); The Van Raalte FarmDrenthe Christian Reformed Church (approx. 5.2 miles away); New Groningen Cemetery / Groningen (approx. 5.2 miles away); Zeeland Cemetery (approx. 5˝ miles away); First Reformed Church (approx. 5.7 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 12, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 522 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 12, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.