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Mill Race Village (Northville Historical Society)
The site was originally was the Northville Mills grist mill built by John Miller and Grant Nash in the fall of 1828. The mill ran until it was bought and torn down in 1847 by Captain William Dunlap who created the Northville Company in its place. Today History is preserved at Mill Race Historical Village, a gem of the Northville community. Created in 1972 by the Northville Historical Society, Mill Race Village serves as a focal point for the Northville community.
A living museum, the Village was built on land donated to the City of Northville by the Ford Motor Company. Once the site of a grist mill, the Village is home to a church, gazebo, school, rustic wooden bridge, blacksmith shop, general store, interurban train station and several homes reminiscent of an era gone by. The New School Church was built in 1845 by a splinter group of the First Presbyterian Church of Northville. The Church exhibits a Greek revival architectural style with a columned entrance portico.
Moved to the Village in 1972, the Church is currently used for meetings, classes, weddings and Troop755 Eagle Courts of Honor.
Overlooking the ramblings of the Rouge River which flows through the Village, is a large gazebo. Modeled after a turn of the century version, the gazebo was built in 1979 by high school students. Many couples seek out the pleasant shelter of the gazebo to exchange vows on their wedding day. Couples also choose to say their "I Do's" overlooking the water, in the front yard of the homes or on the steps of the Church.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Northville Heritage Hike