9 of Michigan’s Most Historic Places Are Found Here in Genesee County


When your state has been around since January 1837, you’re sure to find plenty of unique history. Some sites are demolished because they are unsafe, but others are preserved and still used today, still creating historic memories.

One of my favorite historic neighborhoods is Fenton, Michigan. Fenton was Dibbleville. Then Fentonville and eventually Fenton. In this historic district, over 100 structures and properties are included to note the original settlement of the area. Before the city of Flint took off in terms of growth and automotive production, Fenton was a major hub for shopping and shipping in the area. Look for the historical marker, pictured below, at Leroy and Rockwell streets.

In Flint Township, the Robert P Aitken Farm is believed to have been built in the 1840s. Aitken moved from New York to Michigan (as many did in the 1800s). He was a successful farmer in the area – even his sons continued to run the farm until their deaths in the early 1900s. Aitken was also heavily involved in public service. Serve as Flint Township Supervisor and Representative in the Michigan Legislative Assembly. One of his sons also served in the US Congress.

Many churches in Genesee County are on Michigan’s list of Historic Places (some are also on the National Register – see my previous story, here). One of the churches, below, is today the Grand Blanc town hall. Nearby in Flint, the Community Presbyterian Church is now the Joy Tabernacle Church.

Take a look at the historic places around Genesee County – below these photos you’ll also see a bunch of buildings/areas that are part of the National Register of Historic Places.

Michigan State Historic Sites in Genesee County

The State of Michigan has deemed these places historic sites.

Genesee County National Register of Historic Places:

Discover Genesee County, Michigan’s most famous historic locations

These buildings in Genesee County are on the National Register of Historic Places

This $2.6 Million Genesee County Estate Comes With Its Own Poolside Train

Because every swimming pool should have a wagon right next to it, right? This custom domain in AtlasTownship is unique, to say the least. With over 4,000 square feet including 4 1/2 bathrooms and 6 bedrooms, the home includes a separate full-service 3,115 square foot self-contained office with conference room and 4 offices. Exciting additions include tennis courts, an in-ground pool with a wagon just to add character, large private ponds, your own deck, a floor-sized chess set and a pedestal bed in the suite main. All of this can be yours for just $2.6 million. Take a look inside!

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Patrick F. Williams