The Main Street Shopping Experience
Main Street was the shopping center for the town and surrounding countryside. Businesses were locally owned, sometimes by families who lived above the shop. In early years goods were often custom made on the premises.An 1870s shopper could buy "live geese feathers," fresh oysters, smoked haddock, coal, traveling trunks, caskets, and even a “wooden, cogwheel clothes wringer." Upstairs you might have your straw hat
In the nineteenth century farm families and townsfolk might combine shopping on Main Street with a visit to Hangsterferís Hall or Hillís Opera House, or in the twentieth century to the Whitney, Orpheum, and Wuerth movie theaters
Erected 2001 by Ann Arbor Historic District Commission.
Location. 42° 16.769′ N, 83° 44.912′ W. Marker is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Liberty Street on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ann Arbor MI 48104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Allen Creek Valley Shapes the Town (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Residential Life in Mid-19th Century Ann Arbor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kempf House (approx. ľ mile away); At Home in the 19th Century (approx. ľ mile away); The 19th-Century Neighborhood (approx. ľ mile away); Harris Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Michigan Union and the Peace Corps (approx. half a mile away); St. Thomas the Apostle Church (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ann Arbor.
Also see . . . Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit Program website. (Submitted on May 2, 2016, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 2, 2016, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. This page has been viewed 155 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 2, 2016, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.