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Historic Places
Pen and ink sketch of City Hall by Erich GarneStores & Industries
The following stores and industries, while no longer standing, were at one time located in Old Village: 
  • We think of the brewery which became a cheese factory. Dr. MVB Saunders of Detroit sold the spring water from here in 1893 for $1.00 per gallon. It was advertised as "positive specific for kidney and bladder troubles" and claimed to cure "after all other remedies failed."
  • Two cigars - the Plymouth Mail and Champion - were manufactured here by George Springer. He gave up cigar making when in 1912 he became village marshall - a one man police force. 
  • The Ashery Plant existed from 1850 to 1867. Here, four men converted hardwood ashes into potash, from which huge bars of hard yellow soap were made. In the spring, farmers and householders hauled winter ashes to the plant and received bars of soap in exchange. The bars were a foot in length, but shrunk to one-half that size when aged.
  • A thriving grist mill was built in 1850 by 32 men at a building bee. In 1921, Henry Ford built on this site a plant which manufactured taps for the River Rouge Plant in Detroit. 
  • If you visit Greenfield Village today, you will see the Kensler Home, which stood at Farmer and Mill Streets, and is not located in the Old Village area. There are several antique, art, hobby, and specialty shops, along with several restaurants.

Historical museumHistoric Places
The Dunning Memorial Building near historic Kellogg Park is the home of the Plymouth Historical Museum. The museum's purpose, in the words of benefactor Margaret Dunning, is to provide for all who enter:
  • "Knowledge of our Forefathers, enjoyment of our heritage, encouragement toward preservation, and inspiration to continued progress, for without a past, there is no future."

And what a glorious past Plymouth has had!

Company C of the 24th Michigan Regiment, which fought so bravely and so tragically at Gettysburg, was formed from Plymouth farm boys, gathered at Kellogg Park. The Alter Car Company manufactured automobiles here from 1914 to 1916. And, figuring most prominently in the history of the city, the Daisy Air Rifle Company began here in 1886 and earned for Plymouth the title of "Air Rifle Capital of the World."

For more information on the Plymouth Historical Museum and the City's history visit
Plymouth Historical Museum

155 S. Main
Plymouth, MI 48170

Ph: (734) 455-8940

Public Hours
Wednesday, Friday - Sunday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm