Blissfield Attractions

A Few Blissfield Attractions

1.  Depot Visitors Center
2.  First Presbyterian Church
3.  Hathaway Homestead
4.  Hervey Bliss Homestead
5.  Hathaway House & Stable Restaurants
6.  H. D. Ellis Inn B & B
7.  Coach Light Plaza Shopping
8.  Downtown Shopping
9.  Blissfield Schools
10.  A. B. Railroad Murder Mystery Dinner Train


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1.  Historic Depot & Visitors Center

Once the depot in Deerfield, six miles from Blissfield, it was lovingly restored by the Blissfield Historical Society with financial and physical help from members of the community.  It houses displays from Blissfield's past, restrooms, and currently serves as the office of Blissfield Area Chamber of Commerce.




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2.  Blissfield First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian held it first services in 1829 in the log cabin of Hervey and Nancy Bliss, our community's founders.  The present sanctuary was built in 1849 when Re. John Monteith was pastor.  Rev. Monteith, along with Father Gabriel Richard, founded the University of Michigan and Monteith became the university's first president.  Services are still held each Sunday in this historic and charming house of God.



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3.  Hathaway Homestead

Originally this property belonged to Hervey Bliss.  In 1877 it was sold to George and Adeline Hathaway, grandfather to George Hathaway of the Hathaway House (restaurant). George and Adeline built this home between 1877 and 1883.  Their son, Herbert Hathaway, inherited the house and called it the Hathaway Homestead.  Herbert Hathaway established the Home Canning Company in 1889 and was regarded as one of the important businessmen of Blissfield around the turn of the century.



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4.  Hervey & Nancy Bliss House

The village of Blissfield is named after Hervey Bliss, who was the first settler in the area.  As a Christmas gift to wife Nancy, Bliss moved his family into a crude log home on Christmas Eve in 1824.  This, the Bliss family's third house, was built in 1829, and is located at the current site, 313 N. Monroe St.   It is a classic example of a simple Greek Revival house, typical of that time period. Bliss built the upright portion first and then added the wing at a later time.



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5.  Hathaway House

This Greek Revival mansion was built in 1851 for David Carpenter, one of Lenawee County's most prominent early residents. Born in New York State, he moved to Blissfield in 1838, and became a wealthy farmer and merchant. After his death in 1891, the house served as a private residence until 1960, when it became a restaurant. The building's only major exterior alteration has been the additions of second story wings and porches.

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6.  Hiram  D. Ellis House

In 1883, Blissfield banker Hiram D. Ellis (1826-1900) built this house. The bracketed cornice, hip roof and bay window reflect the influence of Italianate architecture; the classical porch probably was added in the early twentieth century.  Ellis emigrated from New York and settled in Blissfield Township in 1842. 


7.  Coach Light Plaza

Just a short walk west of the Ellis Inn is Coach Light Plaza.  Here you'll find not only our community's pharmacy, but also the Spartan Supermarket, a bowling alley, and a barber shop.  Just across you'll discover some hometown cookin' at Beckey's Kountry Kitchen, 



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8.  Downtown Blissfield

Downtown Blissfield has many terrific shop.  Visit the antique shops with tons of dealers, the gift shops with wonderful selections, and our restaurants with yummy food.  Downtown Blissfield has it all.



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9.  Blissfield Community Schools

Blissfield School District is situated in Lenawee County, in the southeast corner of Michigan. The District includes the Village of Blissfield, and all, or parts of, the Townships of Blissfield, Riga, Palmyra, Ogden, and Deerfield. Grades K-12 are housed in three buildings and serve the District's approximately 1300 students.

Accreditation

All Blissfield schools are presently accredited by North Central Association.  North Central accreditation is voluntary, entails an extensive self-study, visitation and verification from educators throughout the State of Michigan, and maintains the highest accreditation standards that schools can achieve. Blissfield was one of the first twelve school districts out of 550 K-12 districts in Michigan to be North Central accredited. 

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10.  Adrian-Blissfield 
Railroad
Murder Mystery
Dinner Train

The  murder mystery dinner train is a 2 ˝ to 3 hour fine dining and entertaining experience aboard a moving train.  The train departs every Saturday and selected Fridays and Sundays.  As the train makes a leisurely 16 mile round trip through the countryside you are served a wonderful five course meal while being entertained by a troupe of actors and actresses performing a comical interactive murder mystery.  The actors actually ask a passenger to “volunteer” to be their victim.  The show is more of a comedy than a drama... it is much like being in the front row at a comedy club, where you are likely to be involved in the show.  The show is rated PG-13 and considered adult humor.  
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