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Hills and Hollows

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This countryside tour takes you through some beautiful rural landscapes on winding dirt roads. You will see centennial farmsteads perfectly preserved, historic churches and cemeteries, one-room schools and a picturesque mill. Here also, you will see the imprint left by glaciers which covered the land thousands of years ago.

Mush of this tour follows gravel roads and the driver must use caution, especially in inclement weather. There are several tricky turns and many of the roads are traveled by school buses, so be sure to watch for children. watch for slow tractors, deer darting across the road and, sometimes, horseback riders.

This auto tour is approximately 35 miles long and takes just over an hour to drive without stops. Most of the points of interest are "DRIVE-BY's." Please respect private property. Those points of particular interest will be marked "STOP." Share the adventure, bring your camera and a picnic lunch!

On this tour you will explore the handiwork of man and nature. This geographical area encompasses examples of continuity and change; churches whose congregations have evolved over more than a hundred years, a working mill which is now a winery, and rural schools which are now homes. You will see the remnants of the once-thriving community of Sylvan. New England-style barns with their shallow pitched roofs dot this southern Michigan countryside. The predominant architectural styles that you will see are America foursquare and Greek Revival.

Natural beauty surrounds you in the hills and hollows with winding streams and roads. The towering oaks give us only a glimpse of the landscape the early settlers saw. Listen to the birds such as thrushes and warblers. Look for seasonal wildflowers, many of which are rare. Smell the newly cut hay. Take your time.

As you leave Chelsea, take M-52 south.

Watch carefully for the sharp turn west onto Grass Lake Road. ( MAP - 17KB )

1. Note the farmsteads.

2. Greek Revival Farmstead

3. Fieldstone Foursquare Farmhouse

4. Foursquare Farmstead

5. At the Corner of Trolz and Sharon Hollow Roads

6. Sharon Mills Winery, Mill Pond, and Settlement

7. Gillet Cemetery

8. Davidter School #2 (1861)

9. Sharon District #1 School (1890)

10. Greek Revival Farmhouse

11. Mahlon Smith Centennial Farm

12. Sharon Town Hall and adjacent cemetery

13. A Queen Anne-style house

14. Old Sylvan settlement

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