Loving Historic Bay City

guest blog by Shelley Whitehead, Treasurer, Center Avenue Neighborhood Association

What’s not to love about Bay City!  The Tall Ships have just left town, thousands shared in viewing these magnificent ships.  The smart visitors even took in some of Bay City’s best historical architecture.  Extra tours were offered for several of our beautiful churches, Bay City’s lighthouse, and the historical Center Avenue Neighborhood.  Don’t fret if you missed visiting this during the Tall Ship Festival, there are more good reasons to visit us in the next few months.  Our historic architecture is here to stay.

CenterAvewithHouseandChurches-1Bay City is fortunate to have 2 historic districts. The Midland Street district is on the west side of Bay City. This district is primarily commercial businesses that are privately owned and operate in historic buildings that have been renovated. The Center Avenue District is a large residential neighborhood of 880 homes. This area has over 13 different styles of architecture including many kit homes. The Center Avenue Neighborhood Association (CANA) has a great website that offers more information and a walking tour.  The walking tour takes approximately 1 hour to walk the 1.5 miles and highlights 21 homes.  Visit www.CANABayCity.org for more information.

ExampleofanAladdinHomePlan your Bay City architectural trip around one of the events listed below or just come for a relaxing weekend.  For lodging try either the Webster Historic Inn www.historicwebsterhouse.com or the Keswick Manor www.keswickmanor.com.  Both are in the Center Avenue Historic District and within walking distance of downtown.  Dine in one of the many privately owned restaurants  in the Midland Street District or downtown Bay City’s east side.  The Bay County Historical Museum has a wonderful display featuring Aladdin kit homes of which Bay City was home.

Upcoming Bay City Events

September 14, 2013:  “Appetite for Antiques? Come lunch & learn” hosted by the Questers Wenonah chapter, an educational opportunity to learn about antiques. Visit www.michiganquesters.org for more information.

September 27-29, 2013:  “River of Time Living history encampment” Re-enactors set up camp along the Saginaw River providing an educational chance to learn about the life of the early settlers. Hosted by the Bay County Historical Museum www.bchsmuseum.org

October 13, 2013:  “Tour of Homes” a chance to visit homes in the Center Avenue Historical District and the west side of Bay City.  Hosted by the Bay County Historical Museum www.bchsmuseum.org

I look forward to seeing you around town or walking through my Center Avenue neighborhood, you won’t be disappointed!

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1 Response to Loving Historic Bay City

  1. Mick says:

    Very historic, clean article. Shame the ships have left. Kudos to the writer for brevity and accuracy: very pleasant to read and digest.

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