MICHIGAN SHADOW TOWN: Canandaigua, Lenawee County
It’s a name that everybody mispronounces the first time they attempt it: Canandaigua.
This Lenawee County community began as an Indian village of the Potawotamie tribe along the Tiffin River, now called Bean Creek.
In 1824, the white man made his first appearance when Samuel Gregg became the first white settler in the area. Gregg and many other early settlers emigrated from Canandaigua, New York, so that’s what they named their new homeland.
The village was platted in 1835; it became known for its agricultural contributions and milling. In 1837 a stagecoach stop began operations as well as a post office; the post office was given the name ‘Medina’, named after the township and nearby village (the village of Medina was settled in 1812, platted in 1831, and named after Medina, New York). The post office name was changed to Canandaigua in 1850 and it closed for good in 1911.
The last original general store in the old downtown section has unfortunately been demolished...but you can see pictures of it below.
Still, it may be worth an addition to a Michigan roadtrip, now that you know a little about it...even without the old general store.