Independence Township, Michigan
In the 1820s, migrants from New York and New Jersey settled Independence Township. Land in the southeast corner of the region, once known as the “Sashabaw Plains” was very conducive to farming. In other parts of the settlement, gently rolling hills, abundant lakes, marshes, and swamps completed the geological picture.
In the late 1800s, the lakes of Independence Township
began to draw summer visitors via the Detroit & Milwaukee Railroad
. By the early 20th century, automobiles made holiday travel to the Township much easier. Summer homes and cottages were built in neighboring Clarkston
on Mill Pond
and Deer Lake
; local investors eventually purchased nearby farms for residential and commercial development. Today, Independence Township is a suburban community offering all-seasons recreation, plus eclectic dining, entertainment and shopping.