Welcome to Howell, Michigan…the county seat of Livingston County. Howell was platted in 1835 by settlers from Detroit and was originally called ‘Livingston Center’. Howell officially became incorporated in 1863. Most of Howell is located within Howell Township with the remaining city situated in the South Lyon and Brighton Urban areas. Howell is also politically independent from Howell Township. As of the 2010 census there are 9,849 residents living in the city of Howell. This quaint Michigan town has a total land area of 4.75 square miles and a water area of 0.20 square miles.
Howell is known for its quaint neighborhoods. Here you’ll find a variety of traditional homes along with larger and newer homes. For those of you looking for the older home charm, many streets in Howell are known for restored Victorian homes with ‘gingerbread’ trim, cozy front porches, and gabbled roofs. Sidewalks and streetlights line the traditional streets giving the neighborhood a charming appeal.
Did you know Downtown Howell is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places? A trip downtown reveals many historic buildings and apartments. Owners of the Victorian buildings have taken the time and money to restore the beautiful buildings located in the area.
Howell is also known for holding an array of festivals each year. In late June you can attend the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest. Enjoy fun activities such as the balloon launch, a mini carnival, crafts, and even fireworks. Howell is also home of the Howell Melon Festival held three days each year. This melon fest celebrates the hybrid cantaloupe only grown in the area and attracts over 50,000 people each year. You’ll enjoy the Legend of Sleepy Hollow Festival held the first weekend before Halloween each year. For parade lovers, you won’t want to miss the ‘Fantasy of Lights’ parade held in late November each year. For a list of events and festivals you can visit:
John D. Pinckney built the first log home in the area on 1835. During this time the small settlement was known as the ‘Livingston Centre’. The ‘Eagle House’ was the first two story building built by Misters Crane and Brooks. The Eagle house also served as a tavern and hotel. After the Eagle House other taverns and public houses like the ‘Old Stage House’ were erected.
The old saw mill built by Moses Thompson in 1836 was built on the stream which forms the outlet of present day Thompson Lake (named after Moses Thompson). The first post office established in 1836 was located in the Eagle Tavern. The year 1836 also introduced a new face to the growing town, a Scotsman named William McPherson migrated to Howell and became the wealthiest and most respected around.
A few years later in 1850 The Howell Sawmill was built by proprietors D.T. Chandler, Shubael B. Slier, and George W. Kneeland. The sawmill was destroyed in a fire one year later, but it was rebuilt by George Kneeland. This sawmill was important due the large amount of work done here to aid in the completion of plank roads in Detroit, Lansing, and Howell.
Howell is known for having exemplary Schools. There are eight elementary schools, two middle schools, and three high schools. Howell is also home to two colleges; Lansing Community College, and Cleary University. For more information visit: http://www.howellschools.com/ .
While you can pick and choose from many annual festivals, there is more to do in the cozy little town of Howell, Michigan.
Enjoy shopping at the Farmers Market each Sunday in Historic Downtown Howell. Choose from an array of fresh grown produce and enjoy shopping for homemade crafts.
The Livingston Arts Council offers many arts and cultural programs for the public. Founded in 1989, the Livingston Arts Council is located at the Howell Opera House. The Opera House was built in 1881 and the original theater on the upper floor remains the same as it did 80 years ago. You can catch a glimpse of the original theater through a prearranged tour.
If you enjoy the outdoors, there are three parks to choose from. You can also enjoy spending time at the local recreation center, Bernard Community Center, Paul Bennett Field, and the City Boat Launch. For more information you can visit:
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