Canton became a Michigan Township on March 7, 1834. Rich with culture, it contains many historical landmarks. The Canton Historical Society is committed to preserving Canton’s history. Below we share a few of Canton’s most iconic and historical markers.
The Significance Behind the Bartlett-Travis House
This historic icon is the ideal setting for wedding photos, showers, rehearsal dinners, and family gatherings. The early version of the house was a story and a half “Greek Revival” cottage typical of second-generation houses in the 1840s. It was first owned by Thomas and Maria Bartlett. In 1867, their son, George, bought the house and raised it two full stories and added on the front porch. In 1908, William and Martha Travis purchased the house. They added on the modern wrap around porch. In 1988, it was donated by a local realtor, Kev Dividock, to the Canton Township Historical Commission for all of us to enjoy and capture history. Today, the house hosts tours and is available for tours and private parties.
History of the Cherry Hill School
If you are looking for a piece of educational history, then The Cherry Hill School is a must-see for you. The Cherry Hill School was originally built in the 1830s as a log building. It was only 21 feet by 24 feet in size and provided heat through a low stove. Around the sides of the building were two rows of slabs held up by pegs. The lower rows of slabs were used as seats, and the upper row was used as desks. Slates were used instead of textbooks, and children bought books from home to read. Community activity was centered around the school and church services were held in the building when the outside was too cold. In the summer, the school grounds were often used for picnics. It is currently a place for the local community to come together and hold meetings, events, and activities.
Cherry Hill Ford Factory:
According to the Canton Historical Society, the twenty-five feet by sixty-two feet concrete block building, known as the Ford factory, began life as a creamery. It was renovated by Henry Ford to be used as a residence for World War II disabled Veterans after the war. The creamery was located on S. Ridge Road near Cherry Hill Road on land originally purchased by Hugh R. Clyde in 1828. From 1900 until 1943, when Henry Ford purchased the property, the creamery supplied area residents with cream. The wood creamery was moved south and rebuilt by Ford into a dormitory. Known as the “Residence Hall,” it housed about twenty men. Henry Ford was known to stop by with his grandsons or upper-level company administrators for a visit. Many of the veterans who resided there were from Fort Custer in Battle Creek.
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