Historical Culture

Tecumseh's Historical Highlights/Activities

Brookside Cemetery - Self-Guided Walking Tour

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.

Meyer Airport

Meyer Airport is the original site where local aviator Al Meyer designed the Meyer OTW (Out To Win) and Meyer 200 series airplanes. The airport is currently independently owned and operated, and is the home base for SkyDive Tecumseh. If you look up and see skydivers floating through the air take a moment to enjoy it. The airport is located north of downtown on the corner of Evans and Macon Road. When you are parked along the road, it is exciting to sit and watch the skydivers soar through the air and land on target. Kids as well as adults enjoy watching!

Historical Tours

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

Indian Folk Lore - Lore to Legends

Seasonal walking tour at Tecumseh's Indian Trails located by the Community Center.

Fascinating Indian lore will be shared during this guided tour through the woods and along the trails by the River Raisin. Mickey Alvarado, our local historian, shares his expertise during this peaceful tour. Call Parks & Recreation at 517.423.5602 for date and times.

Tecumseh Community Center

Tecumseh Community Center (formerly known as Hayden - Ford Mill). The original mill, Globe Mill, was destroyed by fire in 1898. It was rebuilt by Perry Hayden and named the William Hayden Milling Company. The new mill featured the latest technology and was a huge benefit to the local economy. Hayden eventually sold the building to Henry Ford for $1. Ford razed the building and built the current Dutch Colonial structure in the 1930's. This building is one of seven mills constructed by Ford which are included in the Mill Tour www.motorcities.org which features mills in Macon, Manchester, Sharon Hallow, Saline, Dundee and Milan. This building has had quite an interesting history over the years. Between 1940 and 1946 Henry Ford and Perry Hayden joined forces in the "Dynamic Kernels" tithing experiment. In 1944, one of the largest Dynamic Kernels harvest celebrations was held at the mill. The original grain milling operation eventually gave way to modern technology with the building of auto parts and WWII B-24 bomber parts during the war era. In the 1950's, it housed the Universal Button Factory. In 1961, Ray Herrick, a local benefactor, bought the building, remodeled it and donated it to the city for a Community Center. Today the building houses the Tecumseh Senior Center and JTrees Winery. This beautiful three story Dutch Colonial building welcomes visitors and residents to Tecumseh in grand style. During the holiday season the outside of the building is lit up with holiday lights, adding a warm glow as visitors and residents enter the city from the east.

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.

  • Each 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 at http://www.historictecumseh.org/

Clara Waldron Room – Tecumseh District Library

Clara Waldron, a local historian, was the author of One Hundred Years a Country Town : The Village of Tecumseh Michigan 1824-1924. The room is filled with historic photos and information on local history. Its a pleasant way to spend an afternoon enjoying local history. The Tecumseh District Library is located at 215 N. Ottawa St. Call 517.423.2238 or visit http://www.tecumsehlibrary.org/ for library hours.

Historic Local Church Architectural Walking/Driving Excursion

Historical Church

  • First Baptist Church
    5290 Milwaukee Rd.
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  • First Presbyterian Church
    211 W. Chicago Blvd.
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  • Church of Christ
    312 W. Chicago Blvd.

  • Church of the Nazarene
    1001 N. Union St.
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  • Covenant Church
    313 N. Evans Street
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  • Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
    108 Brown Street
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  • Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
    302 N. Maumee St
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  • Riverbend Friends Church Tecumseh
    9500 Tecumseh Clinton Hwy.
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  • Tecumseh Assembly of God
    1080 E. Chicago Blvd.

  • Tecumseh Church of God
    202 S. Van Buren St.

  • Tecumseh Missionary Baptist
    407 S Occidental Rd.

  • Tecumseh United Methodist Church
    605 Bishop Reed Dr.
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  • St. Elizabeth Catholic Church
    506 N. Union St.
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