Historic Culture


Tecumseh's rich historic culture is evident in the historical buildings and facades throughout the community. Beautiful architectural features are highlighted on homes and historic buildings. Stroll through the downtown at a pace that moves only as fast as you want it to and look up... notice the window details, each building is unique and beautiful. Stroll by the Bidwell Building on the main four corners downtown and find faces in the details of the archways... notice the brickwork and the antique doors. Tecumseh's merchants cherish the architectural details of our historic past and strive to preserve them for future generations. Come take a stroll and enjoy the historical beauty that is Tecumseh...

Within Walking Distance

Brookside Cemetery

Tecumseh’s Brookside Cemetery has an interesting array of very important residents. Many individuals serving in various wars have come home to rest eternally in Brookside. The history of the cemetery and the individuals who have helped shape the history of the community are available at the cemetery. Located at 501 North Union Street, the granite archway entrance leads you into the beautifully maintained grounds.

Tecumseh Historical Museum

Who were the first settlers in Tecumseh? Why did business owners construct their buildings from brick after 1850? What ties does Tecumseh have with the Underground Railroad network? The Tecumseh Historical Museum is the best place to find answers to these questions and much more. Housed in the "Old Stone Church", a 1913 gothic style stone structure, the museum is a charming sentinel on the east end of Tecumseh’s downtown district.

tahsEach visit sweeps you away to a time gone by with rotating exhibits of historic items that are sure to spark a memory of a special treasure at grandma’s house or a special day with grandpa. Each display conjures up a vision of the past that always brings a smile. The museum offers many educational events, planned to connect the past and present. An annual Veteran’s Day concert, workshops on genealogy, and guest appraisers all enhance your visit to the museum and Tecumseh. The museum is located at 302 E. Chicago Blvd. and is open Saturdays 10:30am-3:30pm or by appointment. Call 517.423.2374 or visit us in facebook.

Within Driving Distance

Historic Mill Tours

Tecumseh is rich in history. The Tecumseh Community Center (originally known as the Hayden-Ford Mill) greets you as you enter from the eastside of town. Its Dutch Colonial architecture, with water wheel and fieldstone front makes a grand presence. In addition to its milling history, the mill was once used as storage for soy beans by Henry Ford’s Macon farming operations and during WWII to make parts for the B-24. Within an approximate 25 mile radius you can enjoy a leisure drive by ten historic mills steeped in rich historical significance. Visit www.motorcities.org

National Register of Historic Places listings in Lenawee County, Michigan

Tecumseh and the surrounding area is home to many historic places. A drive through the city and the country will make for an enjoying trip as you view beautiful homes and buildings rich in historic presence. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Register_of_Historic_Places_listings_in_Lenawee_County,_Michigan

Walkers Tavern Historic Site

Walker Tavern is located in Cambridge Junction Historic State Park, a short 20 minute drive west of Tecumseh. The tavern was a major stopping place for stagecoaches traveling between Detroit and Chicago in the early nineteenth century. The site tells the story of taverns and stagecoach travel for early Michigan residents. The site offers various special events throughout the year. The tavern includes an 1840s parlor, barroom, dining room and kitchen; the barn offers surveying and stagecoach exhibits. http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SPRK&id=440

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