Celebrating 200 Years of Dundee
August 9th - 11th

In 1824, Riley Ingersoll and George Wilcox built the first cabins in the wilderness that would become Dundee. By 1831, Samuel H. Gale and his brother owned a sawmill on the south bank of the River Raisin. In 1832, Sybrant Van Nest bought the sawmill, founded the village, and platted the land on the north side of the river. One story says that he named the village “Dundee” in honor of his friend Ebenezer Dustin, a native of Scotland.

In 1832, the wooden-planked LaPlaisance Bay Turnpike (now Michigan Highway 50) followed the Indian trail along the south bank of the river. Eventually, so many trails and roads crossed in Dundee that, 100 years later, Dundee businessman, Arthur M. Ritter, dubbed the farming community “hub of the highways.”

The town was incorporated as a village in 1855. During the Great Depression, Henry Ford saved the decrepit Old Mill by turning it into a Village Industry. Michigan’s only triangular downtown, with its 1870s brick Italianate buildings, along with the Old Mill, were placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. While Dundee looks toward the future, it never forgets to honor its past.

From Images of America – Dundee by Dorothy R. Heinlen and Martha A. Churchill

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Dundee

Friday, August 9th

Kick Off Party!
9 am Pickleball Tournament – Wolverine Park Sponsored by Village of Dundee Staff

10 am – 4 pm- Dundee Library Annual Book/DVD/Puzzle Sale-Lower Level

12 pm -5 pm - Historical Downtown Walking Tours Showcasing The Old Pocklington Hotel (David Arthur Consultants Building) Start at Old Mill Museum

12 pm- 5 pm - One-room Self-Guided School House tours.

12 pm – 5 pm Rock the Decades Historical Scavenger Hunt Start at Old Mill Museum

6 & 8 pm – Live Music In The Park - Wolverine Park Sponsored by Dundee Parks & Recreation Board


7:00 -Church Service in Downtown Bandstand – Presented by River of Life Church

7:30 pm – Movie In The Park: Trolls Band Together Dundee High School – John D. Craig & Family Athletic Complex Sponsored by Dundee Parks & Recreation Board

Saturday, August 10th

9 am - 5 pm - Antique Engine & Tractor Show – Rod Park Registration Form

10 am – 1 pm - Dundee Library Annual Book/DVD/Puzzle Sale - Lower Level

10 am - 5 pm - Historical Downtown Walking Tours Showcasing The Old Pocklington Hotel (David Arthur Consultants Building) Start at Old Mill Museum

10 am – 5 pm - Rock the Decades Historical Scavenger Hunt Start at Old Mill Museum

10 am – Bicentennial Parade Through Downtown Dundee. To register please fill out and return form by July 31, 2024

10 am- 5 pm One-room School House Self- Guided tours.

11 am – 3 pm – Celebrate Dundee – Free - Vendor Show, Bounce Houses, Face Painting, Free Kid’s Games

Character Showings:
Princess Belle 11am-12pm,
Captain America 12pm-1pm
Princess Tiana 1pm-2pm
Spiderman 2pm-3pm
Wolverine Park – Sponsored by DDA

11 am - 3 pm – Dundee Boy Scout Troop 511 Encampment, 100th Anniversary Celebration - Demonstrations & Exhibits - Wolverine Park

11 am – 5 pm - Free Monster Truck Rides – Rod Park Sponsored by Dundee Recreation Commission

11 am-5 pm – Axe Throwing and Archery Contest - Rod Park Sponsored by Dundee Sportsman Club

11:30 am – 5 pm - Free Trolley Tour through Historic Dundee Start at Old Mill Museum. Tour hours: 11:30, 1, 2:30 and 4; please call for reservations: 734-529-8596


11 am – 5 pm – Free 40 & 8 Boxcar Rides – start at Old Mill Museum


1 pm – 5 pm - Helicopter Rides at Cabela’s (weather permitting) $40 per person

2 pm – 5 pm – Strawberry Shortcake & Ice Cream Social Sponsored by Dundee Senior Citizens Center

6 pmBicentennial Ball & Dinner – Old Mill Banquet Hall Sponsored by TLC Community Credit Union. Please call for reservations: 734-529-8596. Period costumes optional.

Sunday, August 11th

9 am – 2.0 Mile Fun Color Run/Walk – Start at Dundee Middle School

10 am – 2 pm – Dundee Farmers Market @ The Hub green space. Presented by the DDA


12 pm - 5 pm - Historical Downtown Walking Tours Showcasing The Old Pocklington Hotel (David Arthur Consultants Building) Start at Old Mill Museum

12 pm- 5 pm - One-room School House Self- Guided tours.

12 pm – 5 pm - Rock the Decades - Historical Scavenger Hunt Start at Old Mill Museum

1 pm – 5 pm - Helicopter Rides at Cabela’s (weather permitting) $40 per person

5:30 pm - Hymn Sing @ Memorial Bandstand downtown. Presented by Dundee United Methodist Church

7 pm – Time Capsule Ceremony - Old Mill Museum

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