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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Berrien Springs Court House

Michigan became a state in 1837. Two years after that, this Greek-revival style courthouse in Berrien Springs was completed which at the time was the county seat. It consists of hand-hewn whitewood timbers that about a foot square and 40 feet long and is Michigan's oldest courthouse. It is amazing that this structure still exists today, being that the county seat moved to St Joseph in 1894.  It passed through many private hands, but 45 years ago, Berrien County repurchased it in order to preserve it.  The historic courthouse is now part of the History Center at Courthouse Square where you can also visit an 1830 log house and other 19th century buildings. The museum is free.

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