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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Livonia, Michigan

Clickable Map of Wayne County, Michigan and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Wayne County, MI (558) Macomb County, MI (147) Monroe County, MI (189) Oakland County, MI (460) Washtenaw County, MI (299)  WayneCounty(558) Wayne County (558)  MacombCounty(147) Macomb County (147)  MonroeCounty(189) Monroe County (189)  OaklandCounty(460) Oakland County (460)  WashtenawCounty(299) Washtenaw County (299)
Detroit is the county seat for Wayne County
Livonia is in Wayne County
      Wayne County (558)  
      Macomb County (147)  
      Monroe County (189)  
      Oakland County (460)  
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1 Michigan, Wayne County, Livonia — A.J. Geer Store — Built 1908 • Moved 1976 • Opened 1982
Allen J. Geer was born February 10, 1882 in Howell Township and came with his parents to Plymouth about 1905. He married Hattie Bassett on September 7, 1905 and they had two sons, Stanley and Irving. The Geer family lived in the Bungalow next . . . Map (db m151542) HM
2 Michigan, Wayne County, Livonia — Alexander Blue House — Built circa 1850's • Moved 1987 • Opened 2003
Alexander Blue was born in New York on February 25, 1817 to Daniel and Mary Blue. Alexander bought 80 acres in Livonia Township in 1835. He married Catharine Blue and they had three children, Malcolm (1844), Daniel A. (1846), and Mary C. (1851). . . . Map (db m151479) HM
3 Michigan, Wayne County, Livonia — S0672 — Clarenceville School District / Louis E. Schmidt Auditorium
Clarenceville School District The Clarenceville School District originated as Fractional School District No. 5 in 1837 and served the children of present-day Livonia, Farmington Hills and Redford. The village of Clarenceville was the last . . . Map (db m170855) HM
4 Michigan, Wayne County, Livonia — Friends Meeting House — Built 1846 • Moved 1981 • Opened 1994
David and Daniel Lapham purchased land in Bucklin Township in 1827. In 1846, this Meeting House was built and the Livonia Meeting used the building until disbanding in 1853. The building was sold and lived in by the Roberts Family (1860-1895), . . . Map (db m151533) HM
5 Michigan, Wayne County, Livonia — George A. Custer U.S. Army Reserve Center
Dedicated in memory of Major General George A. Custer 1839-1876 Distinguished soldier from the state of Michigan was graduated from U.S. Military Academy 1861 He, with 264 officers and men of the Seventh U.S. Calvary, was killed in action . . . Map (db m26787) HM
6 Michigan, Wayne County, Livonia — Glen Eden Cemetery Veterans Memorial
U.S. Army ★ U.S. Navy ★ U.S. Marines In Memory Of The Men And Women Who Have Served Honorably In Out Armed Forces U.S. Air Force ★ U.S. Coast GuardMap (db m174945) WM
7 Michigan, Wayne County, Livonia — Joshua Simmons
began farming this property in 1826. The farm lane started at the barns and ran south down the middle of the farm to this location and the surrounding farm fields. The fence on the east side of the lane and one gate still remain. Part of the farm . . . Map (db m109986) HM
8 Michigan, Wayne County, Livonia — L139 — Joshua Simmons Farm
In 1824 Joshua Simmons of Bristol, New York, obtained a patent from the federal government for 160 acres of land in Livonia Township. Simmons and his wife, Hannah, were among the township's earliest white settlers. Their first home was a log shanty, . . . Map (db m215374) HM
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9 Michigan, Wayne County, Livonia — L0395 — Livonia Revolutionary War Veterans
This marker commemorates three American Revolutionary War soldiers who lived and died in Livonia. David Dean was born in 1763 and enlisted in the New York militia in 1778. Dean settled in Livonia around 1836 where he died in 1838. A native of . . . Map (db m170554) HM
10 Michigan, Wayne County, Livonia — L1922 — Newburg Methodist Church
By 1834 there were two religious societies in Newburg, one Methodist and one Congregational. The Methodist society was part of the Plymouth Circuit and served by itinerant ministers. The Reverend Marcus Swift was the first pastor. A strident . . . Map (db m99140) HM
11 Michigan, Wayne County, Livonia — L36 — Newburgh Cemetery
An organization, later known as the Newburgh Union Cemetery Society, was formed on Nov. 23, 1832, to establish and maintain this cemetery, the first in the present city of Livonia. One grave, that of Salmon Kingsley, a veteran of the American . . . Map (db m99141) HM
12 Michigan, Wayne County, Livonia — Newburgh Mill — and the Power of the Rouge
The Newburgh Mill factory was built on the site of an earlier mill, like other Ford "Village Industries." Bovee Cider Mill used to operate here along the Middle Rouge River, within the thriving village of Newburgh. In 1934, Newburgh Lake . . . Map (db m137131) HM
13 Michigan, Wayne County, Livonia — The Bungalow — Built 1913 • Moved 1979 • Opened 1992
According to city records, this bungalow was built in 1913. The Geer family lived in this house for a short time while operating the store next door. The first floor has two rooms, a living room and kitchen. The stairway in the kitchen will take . . . Map (db m151547) HM
14 Michigan, Wayne County, Livonia — The Cranson-Hinbern House — Built circa 1840's • Moved 1985 • Opened 1987
Samuel and Persis Cranson, along with their three children, came to Livonia/Redford Township in 1832 from Monroe County, New York. Land was purchased in the names of children Marquis LaFayette, Samuel Jr., and Asa on June 8, 1833 in Township One . . . Map (db m151531) HM
15 Michigan, Wayne County, Livonia — The Detroit United Railway Waiting Room — Built circa 1900's • Moved 1976 • Opened 1982
In 1897, the construction of an interurban line was proposed between Wayne, Plymouth, and Northville. The interurban began serving the Newburg area in 1909. The line ran between Wayne and Northville, making stops at Newburg and Plymouth. Several . . . Map (db m151535) HM
16 Michigan, Wayne County, Livonia — The Kingsley House — Built 1843 • Moved 1977 • Opened 1986
Nathan Kingsley built this Greek Revival style house in 1843 in Section 16 of Livonia Township. The house was built from trees on the property. He married Mary Lambert that same year; they had four children. Their daughter Emma and her husband . . . Map (db m151529) HM
17 Michigan, Wayne County, Livonia — The Newburg Church — Built 1848 • Moved 1977 • Opened 1984
In 1848, on land leased from Joseph Kingsley across from the Newburg Cemetery, this church was built as a Presbyterian Meeting House. After construction, the Presbyterians and Congregationalists shared usage, alternating services weekly. In the . . . Map (db m151524) HM
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18 Michigan, Wayne County, Livonia — The Newburg School — Built 1861 • Moved 1987 • Opened 1990
The first Newburg school was a small log structure built in 1831. In 1861, it was replaced with this frame building at the cost of $400. Students ranging in ages from 4 to 20 would be taught by one teacher in one large room, with older students . . . Map (db m151526) HM
19 Michigan, Wayne County, Livonia — The Shaw House — Built 1843 • Moved 1981 • Opened 1983
This eight room Greek Revival house was built in 1843 for Thomas Shaw, his wife Hannah, and their three children. The Shaw family was from the village of Wysall, Nottinghamshire*, England and made the decision to move to America to own their own . . . Map (db m151527) HM
20 Michigan, Wayne County, Livonia — L261 — Wilson Barn
This barn was constructed in 1919 on the burnt-out foundation of an earlier structure built about 1888. It is a fine example of an increasingly rare bank barn style. Here, on the farm owned and operated by his family since 1847, Ira Wilson built a . . . Map (db m78987) HM
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Sep. 27, 2023