Plan a fall getaway to Amish country.
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.
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.