Area Communities

Brown City

Founded in 1881, the city of Brown City is a full service community, offering a variety of businesses and professional services. We host the annual Thumb Soybean Festival the second weekend in June. Event highlights include a carnival, classic car show, music and fireworks.

Enjoy our beautiful 76+ acre community park, filled with ball diamonds, picnic facilities, playgrounds and soccer fields. Brown City Park is also host to a “Dare Devil Dash”, an extreme 5K run through the park. To see us, take M-90 which travels through the city. The road through town is also known as Main Street.

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Deckerville takes its name from Charles Decker, who launched a lumber business here in 1870. Decker’s son, Martin, became the settlement’s first postmaster that same year. Deckerville incorporated as a village in 1893 and to this day is home to a number of Charles’ descendents.

Croswell is home to a locally famous swinging footbridge built in 1905 over the Black River, which bisects the city on its way to Port Huron and the Great Lake. A folksy sign at the east end of the suspension bridge advises pedestrians to “Be Good To Your Mother-in-Law.” New in 2013, a “splash pad” has been added at the same park to cool you down on the hot summer days.

The city itself is dotted with pre-Civil War homes and buildings. Lumbering dominated Croswell until the Great Thumb Fire of 1881. Since then, agriculture has been the dominant economic activity, especially sugar beets, symbolized by the city’s iconic Pioneer Sugar plant.

The annual Croswell Fair is in June this year and features livestock exhibits and a midway full of rides. The Swinging Bridge Festival in July celebrates the upcoming harvest with a Cardboard Regatta on the Black River.

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Deckerville takes its name from Charles Decker, who launched a lumber business here in 1870. Decker’s son, Martin, became the settlement’s first postmaster that same year. Deckerville incorporated as a village in 1893 and to this day is home to a number of Charles’ descendents.

Located just 6 miles from the Lake Huron shoreline, Deckerville has several shops and restaurants, as well as a full-service hospital and library available for campers and resorters.

During the summertime, visitors can take a dip in the village’s outdoor pool or roll a few balls at the local bowling alley. In August, past and present villagers gather for the Deckerville Homecoming festival, which features a tractor pull, parade, fireworks and many more activities. In mid September, residents mark the beginning of fall with Oktoberfest. Don’t forget about their Dickens of a Christmas in December. Come celebrate the change of seasons in Deckerville!

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When Lexington was founded in 1835, it became the first outpost north of Port Huron. Eleven years later, Reuben Diamond named the village after the Battle of Lexington, in which his wife’s cousin, Ethan Allen, fought during the Revolutionary War.

The Cadillac Hotel has stood at the heart of village life since its days as a log hotel from 1840 to 1860, when it was rebuilt following a fire. Steamships and freighters made regular stops at the port of Lexington for lumber and agricultural products until the Great Storm of 1913 destroyed the village’s long dock into Lake Huron. Lexington is now noted for its many Victorian homes and historic buildings filled with shops, restaurants and bed-and-breakfasts.

With its handful of pretty parks and its quaint downtown, the village is the summertime host of the Music in the Park Series, ThumbFest, the Lexington Art Fair and the annual Bach Festival. Protected by a limestone seawall, Lexington’s picturesque marina doubles as an official State of Michigan Harbor of Refuge. Its beach offers visitors a chance to kick back and enjoy the summer. Nearby golf courses, a bike trail to Croswell, seasonal hunting spots, abundant fishing and a thriving cottage culture make Lexington a vacation mini-mecca.

Village of Lexington Municipal Mobile Home Park on 1/4 mile of Lake Huron Beach - Mobile Homes, Lots for Rent. RV Lots available May-Oct. Full Hook-Up. Walking distance to downtown area.


The City of Marlette is the heart of The Thumb with M-53 being its main artery. We may be small in size but we are huge in community supprt and involvement. Please join us for our major scheduled events: October - Trick or Trunk; December - Country Christmas Parade; July - Country Fair Days.

Marlette, located in the heart of Michigan’s Thumb, was first settled in the mid-1800’s by Canadians lured by the tall timber and fertile soil of the area. The lumber industry gave way to farming after the Great Thumb Fire of 1881, with sugar beets, soy beans and corn dominating production today.

A large Amish community gives the countryside around Marlette the aura of a bygone era, complete with horse-drawn buggies and outlets selling produce, furniture and baked goods. The friendly city offers a handful of recreational options, including a challenging nine-hole public golf course, a community swimming pool, various agri-tourism opportunities and a playground. One of the biggest employers in the area is Marlette Regional Hospital. Visitors to Marlette may stay in a bed-and-breakfast, stroll the small-town shopping district and enjoy a casual meal far from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

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Sandusky, located 15 miles inland from Port Sanilac at the intersection of M-46 and M-19, is the county seat of Sanilac County. Sandusky offers all the services and resources you’d expect from a much larger city: top-notch medical care, a variety of shopping opportunities, lodging, dining, up-to-date library, excellent law enforcement, emergency services and more. Farming and industry combine to make Sandusky an honest, hard working, progressive and safe community.

Sandusky has many recreational opportunities and is a beehive of activity. It is home to the annual Michigan Thumb Festival in June, the Sanilac County 4-H Fair in August and popular Original Country Christmas Lighted Farm Implement Parade in December. Sandusky boasts the only tri-plex movie theater in the county as well as a bowling alley, basketball courts, fully handicapped accessible playground in its city park and a public golf course. In the surrounding area, the farmland provides ample hunting opportunities throughout the year as well as many miles of snowmobile trails.

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Port Sanilac

The village now known as Port Sanilac was founded in the early 1840’s by lumbermen who erected a shelter close enough to the beach that it could be seen by passing Great Lakes sailors. The sailors christened the settlement after its appearance – “Bark Shanty Point.”

In 1857, the residents officially changed the name of their hometown to Port Sanilac. By then, the village was in full swing. A saw mill, schoolhouse and general store opened in the late 1840’s. In 1850, Raymond Hardware opened – and never closed: it is currently the oldest continuously operated hardware store in Michigan.

The blue water of Lake Huron and its sandy beaches have always been Port Sanilac’s chief attractions. The Port Sanilac Lighthouse began illuminating the local waters in 1886 and has been a popular tourist destination ever since. The village’s Harbor of Refuge offers 32 seasonal slips and 35 transient slips as well as a convenient diving launch-site for the Sanilac Shores Underwater Preserve, which encompasses 163 square miles of protected lake bottom featuring shipwrecks dating back to 1864.

Port Sanilac is also home to the Barn Theatre and Sanilac County Historic Village and Museum, a 10-acre campus that showcases eight historical buildings, a variety of musical concerts, and welcomes visitors to explore our heritage through events throughout the seasons. The Port Sanilac Community features both casual and fine dining, a deep harbor with all amenities, downtown shopping, and a vibrant cottage culture.

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Carsonville, Applegate, Argyle, Melvin, Minden City, Forester, Forestville, Peck, Snover

Scattered throughout Sanilac County are several smaller communities, each with its own history and each with its unique attractions. Carsonville, for example, was founded in 1853 by Silas Hall and was known as Hall’s Corners until 1884 when businessman Arthur Carson renamed the settlement.

A bar in Applegate serves up some of the best pizza in the county. In Peck, you can find a hardware store straight out of the 1950’s as well as a Career Center just north of town, the Sanilac Intermediate School District.

With each community having their own identity, all of them still share the small-town friendliness and helpfulness that are common throughout Sanilac County.