On July 2, 1862, President
Abraham Lincoln issued a
call for troops for the Union
Army. Men from Monroe,
Hillsdale and Lenawee
counties met in Hillsdale to
form the Eighteenth
Michigan Infantry Regiment.
Local mill . . . — — Map (db m165558) HM
This church was incorporated as the First Free Will Baptist Church on November 24, 1855. The congregation met at the Hillsdale College Chapel until the present church was constructed in 1867-68. This Romanesque building was designed by a Chicago . . . — — Map (db m32250) HM
The plat for the village of Hillsdale was filed in July, 1839, though the first settlement probably occurred a few years previously. Before that time this area had been inhabited mainly by a band of Potawatomi Indians led by their chief, Baw Beese. . . . — — Map (db m33598) HM
In 1844 a group of Freewill Baptists organized Michigan Central College at Spring Arbor. This college was the first in Michigan to grant degrees to women. Moved to Hillsdale in 1853 and chartered by the legislature in 1855, the school was renamed . . . — — Map (db m34216) HM
Oak Grove Cemetery was privately owned when a section was set
aside for its Potter's Field. This was a place for the indigent to be
laid to rest. About fifty people are buried here, with some in the
woods and most without a grave marker.
The . . . — — Map (db m165571) HM
In 1839 Episcopalians held the first church service in Hillsdale. Saint Peter's Church was organized in 1844. The original Gothic Revival church dates from 1859 and forms the sanctuary of the present church. Saint Peter's housed the first pipe organ . . . — — Map (db m33602) HM
People began using Sandy Beach as a
popular, but informal, swimming spot
in the mid-nineteenth century. In 1955
nine Hillsdale County residents formed
the Baw Beese Memorial Park
Association to acquire and convert . . . — — Map (db m160830) HM
The origins of Catholicism in Hillsdale County date to the 1840s when Irishmen who worked for the Southern Railroad settled here. In 1853 the Reverend Joseph Kindekens of Adrian and eighty-five people organized St. Anthony's parish. The former . . . — — Map (db m33601) HM
Dedicated to the memory of the 280 Michigan Civil War soldiers who lost their lives in America's worst maritime disaster, the sinking of the steamship "Sultana."
These men were among more than 2,200 Union soldiers returning home from Confederate . . . — — Map (db m33960) HM
The Oak Grove Cemetery Association held it first meeting November 21, 1859, with by-laws and constitution adopted six months later. During the Civil War, the Cemetery fell into disrepair and became "a disgrace to our town."
In 1867, "The Ladies . . . — — Map (db m165570) HM