Hadley House Museum was built in 1873 and is in the Victorian Italianate style with original woodwork and four bedrooms. The first occupant was Dr. Daniel D. Bartholomew, who lived and practiced there until the early 1900s. There was a separate entrance for his business. Afterwards, the residence was continually occupied by the Hadley family, from one generation to another. Tom and Arlene Hadley were the last private owners. Tom was a well known architectural engineer, inventor, and poet, who made nature films with Arlene. In 1986, Arlene Hadley sold her lovely home to the Holly Historical Society, who now maintains the property and operates the house as a museum and tribute to Holly’s history. The museum contains a large local photographic collection, featured in the Arcadia Images of America series book on Holly, which is available for purchase. Also, there is an extensive genealogy library for northwest Oakland County. The carriage house which, at one time, held two horses is still in the backyard. Click HERE for a map.
Detroit Model Railroad Club is building an exact scale of 1/4 inch to the foot model railroad. This is referred to as “O” Scale among model railroaders, and it means that the model of a forty (40) foot long boxcar will be ten (10) inches long. For more information about becoming a member or to visit the club please visit http://www.dmrrc.org/index.htm.
Great Lakes National Cemetery was established in 2005 and is the second national cemetery built in Michigan and the 122nd in the national cemetery system. Great Lakes National Cemetery is located approximately 50 miles northwest of downtown Detroit, in Holly Township, Oakland County. The cemetery borders Fagan Lake, and is located on a portion of a land grant from the Federal Government to Terrance Fagan in 1836. Historically, the property served as farmland until it was acquired by the National Cemetery Administration in 2002. For more information about the National Cemetery, visit http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/greatlakes.asp.
Holly Township Library is public service organization with a reputation for delivering excellent library service. Trained and experienced staff combines traditional library services and new technologies. The library strives to respect and respond to the needs of the individuals and organizations they serve, and their policies and procedures reflect their commitment to quality, convenient and courteous public service. For more information visit, www.hollytownshiplibrary.org.
Karl Richter Community Center – Need office space, an auditorium that seats 600 people, a full service gymnasium, an private outdoor courtyard, or a class room to teach your craft, the KRCC has all of it located under one roof. Located at 300 East Street in Holly, Holly’s KRCC is also home to the Village of Holly municipal offices, the Downtown Development Authority, and the Holly Area Schools Administrative offices. Whatever your needs, come and see the KRCC for yourself. Call the KRCC Director Toni Brinkert at 248-459-0380 or the Village of Holly municipal offices at 248-634-9571 and set up your appointment today.
Michigan Renaissance Festival – Located just minutes from Holly’s Historic Downtown on Dixie Hwy and Lahring Road in Groveland Township, the Renaissance Festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors annually. 2016 dates will start in August and goes on every weekend until October 2016.
Seven Lakes State Park – Open for use in 1992, Seven Lakes State Park is a state park located in Holly Township, near Holly, Michigan. The park covers 1,434 acres, with over 200 acres of water for recreational use.
The land was originally purchased by a development group, and later sold to the state of Michigan. There were originally seven small lakes that were dammed to create one larger lake, hence the name Seven Lakes. The lake is also known as Decoup Lake. Many different recreational activities are available at the park, including campsites, beaches and picnic areas. Canoes are also available for rent. Hunting is allowed during certain seasons. Many trails are available for hiking, mountain biking, and snowmobiling. Questions, please call 248-634-7271.
Lake Side Municipal Park – A popular destination for residents and visitors. Lake Side Park on the south shore of Bush Lake hosts the Village of Holly annual 4th of July celebration with a spectacular fireworks display at dusk. Need a pavilion for a family reunion? Call the Village of Holly and make your reservations at 248-634-9571.
Ganshaw Park – Located in Holly’s “Lake District” directly across from the Northern Oak Brewery on beautiful Bevins Lake. Bevins Lake is possibly the #1 ice fishing lake in all of Oakland County due to a large Fen located along the lakes entire south and east shores.
Shiawassee River Trail – The Shiawassee River is a shallow, slow moving stream which features an “Up North-Close By” view of nature starting from the old water works building in the Village of Holly and traveling seven river miles downstream through an unspoiled natural landscape to Strom Park. A sanctioned and safe canoe launch has been created in Water Works Park. A parking lot, pedestrian bridge, and nature lookout make the area accessible to all. Great Blue Herons, Kingfishers and Sandhill Cranes can be seen on most trips down the river. Muskrat scoot across the channel and turtles dive for under- water cover as canoeists paddle leisurely along.
The Shiawassee River Trail is rated as Michigan’s 7th best river trail system. For additional information see: http://www.headwaterstrailsinc.org/shiawassee_river_trail.htm