Downtown Day Trip - Mason, Michigan
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If you happen to visit Mason on a day when there is no special event going on, you will still be charmed by the splendor of the Victorian architecture displayed by the restored downtown shops, courthouse, and churches. The magnificent courthouse, completed in 1904, was described as a "temple of justice." In 1971 the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It still is the center piece of the wide town square which serves as the venue for so many events today and it seems like there is something happening all the time.
One day may not be enough to take full advantage of this picturesque downtown. The shops will hold your attention. There is an old-fashioned Five & Dime, an entire antiques mall, fabric shop, wine shop and more. When you need a break there are unique dining spots at hand, gourmet coffee and delis.
Fast approaching its 150th anniversary in 2015, Mason continues to grow and plans are in place for big celebrations. Of course history buffs will want to check out Bicentennial Park, the location of the Pink School House which was moved to the park in 1976. The 2.27 acres serves as one of the Mason Area Historical Society museums, with plantings in memory of Ludell Cheney, et al, and flagpole. The historical museum is just a block from the downtown square.