History

 Sara Swanson

150 years ago this week…

This year, 2017, marks the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of Manchester as a village. A significant change also took place 150 years ago this week that affected the course of the University of Michigan, helping to shape it into the institution that effects many of our lives daily. Although we are 30 minutes away […]

 Sara Swanson

Memorial Day in Manchester in the 20s & 30s

The newest issue of the Trumpeter, Manchester Area Senior Citizen’s Council’s newsletter, features two memories of Memorial Day in Manchester in the past. Both were originally run in the Trumpeter in the spring of 1986. Thank you to the Manchester Area Senior Citizen’s Council for allowing us to reprint them. “MEMORIAL DAY IN THE 1920s” […]

 Marsha Chartrand

Historical Society Aims to “Preserve the Corner” with Plans for the Old Funeral Home

About a year ago, in September 2014,  the Manchester Area Historical Society set out on a mission. At that time, they never dreamed where they would end up! The Historical Society board of directors realized that they were outgrowing the current Blacksmith Shop, which has been its headquarters for more than 20 years. Board trustee Ray Berg […]

 Ray Berg

Manchester’s Streetscape – 1870 (Part 2 of 2)

Editor’s Note: This is part 2 of a 2 part article. Click HERE to read part 1. In Part 1 of this article, we looked at the post-Civil War boom which led to rapid expansion of downtown Manchester, leading to the historic Italianate buildings we still have today. We also looked at the role of Jeremiah […]

 Ray Berg

Manchester’s Streetscape – 1870 (Part 1 of 2)

As this article is published in July 2015, the Village of Manchester is preparing for a complete replacement of its Main Street Bridge, a project several years in planning. The previous history of the bridge was reported in a set of earlier articles in The Manchester Mirror. The new bridge design replicates some historic elements […]

 Ray Berg

Manchester and.….Lexington?

By Ray Berg In late 2014, the Village of Manchester acquired by tax foreclosure default a small land parcel on the eastern end of the village limits, east of the mill pond across from the Village Hall. This landlocked parcel, with no road access and apparently of no interest to tax sale auction bidders, carries […]

 Ray Berg

The History of the Pleasant Lake Inn

The History of the Pleasant Lake Inn

By Ray Berg On Sunday, February 8, 2015, the Pleasant Lake Inn in Freedom Township was severely damaged by a fire of unknown cause. The fire totally consumed the bar/restaurant area of the structure on the east side, which was a converted dancehall built in 1920 downhill on the site, and then relocated, modified and […]

 Ray Berg

Comings and Goings at the Manchester Hotel  (Part 3 of 3)

By Ray Berg This Part 3 concludes our history of the Manchester Hotel. Changing Times By the 1890s, the general tenants of the Goodyear House were more likely regular boarders than transient visitors, as the concept of “apartments” took hold in America. Some signs of gradual deterioration were beginning to show. In January 1892, the […]

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Comings and Goings at the Manchester Hotel (Part 2 of 3)

By Ray Berg Figure 3 – View of Downtown Manchester, 1868 The Manchester Hotel, which operated under different names over its approximate 105-year life, existed at the northeast corner of Main and Clinton Streets in downtown Manchester. Part 1 of this article covered the earliest years of the structure. We pick up the story after […]

 Ray Berg

Comings and Goings at the Manchester Hotel (Part 1 of 3)

By Ray Berg In this three-part article, we examine the history of a prominent early Manchester business, the Manchester Hotel, also known at times as the Manchester House, the Goodyear House and the Freeman House. This multi-story and multi-business building sat on the northeast corner of Main and Clinton Streets from the mid-1830s through 1938, […]

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