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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Northville, Michigan
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|Oh, the stories this building could tell.
Built in 1831 in the style of a New England tavern, its long service included many years as a stagecoach stop and as an apartment house. Since its move to Mill Race in 1987, it has housed the office . . . — — Map (db m174192) HM|
|Structures like this were originally built in the 1800s to shelter horses, carriages and related equipment. Many were later converted to use as garages, workshops or even guesthouses. This building was at the original site of the Yerkes House, . . . — — Map (db m174274) HM|
|The Detroit Edison Company's Northville regional office was located here from 1929 to 1971. The company had a reputation for offices that were "a credit to the community." Upon completion this building, which housed the overhead lines department and . . . — — Map (db m112417) HM|
|In 1829 former members of the Farmington Church organized this church, originally named the First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth. In 1835-1836 a frame church was built here on land donated by D. L. Cady. A New England-inspired brick church opened . . . — — Map (db m51906) HM|
|John Hirsch shaped metal in his shop in downtown Northville. His tools and hot forge were vital to the community - crafting nails, repairing farm equipment, making horseshoes. His shop operated from the mid-1800's until the 1920s, and it was . . . — — Map (db m172124) HM|
|Stephen and Mary Hunter built this Greek Revival house in 1851. This style was popular in mid-1800s small towns just emerging from the frontier. In 1972, this home on Main Street was threatened by plans to cut an extension of Griswold Street . . . — — Map (db m171861) HM|
|Starting in 1899, interurban rail lines ran into Northville from Detroit.
One line traveled on track along 8 Mile Road and into town on Griswold. On that line, this shelter was a waiting room for passengers at Newburgh Road. It had been kept . . . — — Map (db m174550) HM|
|This was the last timber-framed building in downtown Northville.It was built between 1830 and 1850 on the south side of Main Street, west of Hutton. For more than 150 years this storefront housed a variety of retail businesses before being moved . . . — — Map (db m174304) HM|
|This was a home with a view.
From this residence, built here in 1875, the manager of the Northville Mills Company could look out to the mill building, located where the parking lot is now. Rouge River water from the nearby millpond flowed . . . — — Map (db m174545) HM|
In 1827, John Miller built a grist mill on this site. The structure was replaced by the Northville Mills in 1847. In 1919 mill owner Donald P. Yerkes sold the site to Henry Ford who razed the structure and built a valve factory across Griswold . . . — — Map (db m68219) HM|
|It served Northville's public life for over 115 years.
Built in 1845, this structure was a church for only four years. It then was a school and a township hall before serving as Northville's library for over 70 years. Land for Mill Race . . . — — Map (db m174557) HM|
In Northville, Henry Ford tried something new.
His first "village industry" was established here in 1920, to make valves for Model-Ts and tractors, using the Rouge River for power. He hired local workers, and even selected local children . . . — — Map (db m137792) HM|
|Outhouses with pit toilets were common in early Northville. If properly constructed, normal bacterial action would eventually make waste harmless. If properly vented, odors would be controlled. Outhouses, also called privies, were often used to . . . — — Map (db m174305) HM|
It has been a Northville landmark for generations.
As far back as 1913, city residents enjoyed cold spring water from the artesian well here, and visitors traveled here to fill their bottles. On the other side of the nearby railroad tracks, . . . — — Map (db m137902) HM|
Detroit was abuzz with aviation fever in the 1920s.
Eddie Stinson, a successful aviator and stunt pilot, gained financing from Detroiters to build and test-fly the prototype Stinson Detroiter airplane — the first airplane with an . . . — — Map (db m137695) HM|
|This inviting gazebo offers quiet moments and breezes overlooking the flowing waters of the mill race. Inspired by Victorian-era gazebos, this wood-framed structure was built here in 1979 by students from the woodshop class at John Glenn High School . . . — — Map (db m170658) HM|
There were two electric streetcar lines into Northville
from Detroit, both built in 1899. One traveled on track through Farmington, along Eight Mile Road and down Griswold Street. The other came through Plymouth, up Northville Road and . . . — — Map (db m137517) HM|
|Few one-room schoolhouses have survived in Michigan.
This one was built in 1873 at a site several miles to the west of Northville, on Currie Road south of 8 Mile in Salem Township. It takes its name from serving students from both Washtenaw . . . — — Map (db m174554) HM|
|Over the years, 430 North Center Street held the memories of many families.
It was built in 1889 in the Victorian Cottage style. In 1976, to make way for a parking lot and small office plaza on the site, the house was moved to Mill Race . . . — — Map (db m174354) HM|
|This was the home of the family of William Yerkes, an attorney, judge, and village president. It was built in 1873 on Cady Street, and it reflects the prosperity of the Yerkes household. It also reflects its industrial era, as its detailed trim . . . — — Map (db m174306) HM|