Cen­tre­ville, Michi­gan

Plan a fall get­away to Amish coun­try.

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of Cen­tre­ville is a de­light­ful vil­lage in ru­ral south­west Michi­gan with around 1,400 res­i­dents. While vis­it­ing the area, you will most likely spot a horse and buggy or two, as there is a siz­able Amish pop­u­la­tion.

A pop­u­lar spot with lo­cals is Yoder’s Coun­try Mar­ket. It’s a won­der­ful place to shop and eat lots and lots of tasty home­made good­ies!

If you re­ally want to know how the Amish shop, then you will want to go to Millers Dis­count Store just east of Cen­tre­ville. It’s a lit­tle out of the way, but def­i­nitely worth the trip. Note that it is closed on Sun­days. The store is lit with gas lanterns, and most gro­cery items can be pur­chased in bulk.

Thomas W. Lan­g­ley is cred­ited as Cen­tre­ville’s founder. The name Lan­g­ley might sound fa­mil­iar be­cause of the Lan­g­ley Cov­ered Bridge. It’s three miles north of Cen­tre­ville and, at 282 feet, is the long­est re­main­ing wooden cov­ered bridge in Michi­gan . It looks es­pe­cially pic­turesque when framed by fall fo­liage.

MY HOME­TOWN

Cen­tre­ville is the seat of St. Joseph County. Be sure to take note of the Ro­manesque Re­vival court­house that was de­signed by ar­chi­tect Syd­ney J. Os­good in 1899. It is listed on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places.

One of my fa­vorite lo­cal events is the St. Joseph County Grange Fair. It’s al­ways sched­uled dur­ing the third week in Septem­ber, so not only will you be able to have all the fun and ex­cite­ment of a fair’s at­trac­tions, but you will also get to en­joy a touch of the crisp au­tumn air. One of the largest fairs in the state of Michi­gan, around 150,000 peo­ple at­tend each year.

The fair­grounds hosts other events through the year, such as the An­tique and Vin­tage Flea Mar­ket, the State Line Live­stock Show and the Walk­ing Horse As­so­ci­a­tion of Michi­gan Show.

I hope you get the chance to visit and ex­pe­ri­ence all of the things I love about my charm­ing home­town.

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