Dexter, Michigan is celebrating 200 years!

Follow along for once-in-a-lifetime events, interesting facts, and ways to get involved in Dexter's bicentennial.  Join us in celebrating the past and embracing Dexter’s future!

Brief History: Established in 1824 by Judge Samuel W. Dexter, the city of Dexter has thrived for over 200 years. From the valuable resources from mills along Mill Creek and the Huron River to the iconic Gordon Hall, former home of Samuel, Dexter’s heritage is at the heart of the community. Explore more of Dexter’s history.

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars! While there are several events coming up, the official bicentennial celebration takes place June 20-23.

June 20-23: The opening ceremony begins Thursday, June 20. All weekend, join ice cream socials, special performances, family fun, entertainment, an epic car show, and more. There’s even a CARNIVAL coming to town! This is the weekend that keeps on giving.

More exciting Dexter bicentennial events:

May 18: Time Capsule Event. Witness history in the making as Dexter’s sesquicentennial time capsule from 1974 is unveiled! Free. Dexter Area Museum, 1-3 PM.
May 19: Forest Lawn Cemetery Tours. Interact with characters portraying Dexter family members buried in the cemetery. 2-4 PM. Free, Registration required. Click here to register.
May 27: Memorial Day Parade. Look out for the Dexter Bicentennial team and receive a commemorative bicentennial postcard.
June 2: 50th Dexter-Ann Arbor Run. Enjoy Michigan’s Huron River Course for a scenic 5k, 10k, and half marathon celebrating both Dexter and Ann Arbor’s bicentennial year.

Historical Facts & Legends

  • Dexter’s settlement in 1824 took place 13 years before Michigan became a state. 
  • The Village of Dexter officially became a city on November 20, 2014.
  • Monument Park's historic Civil War Memorial has been standing for over 125 years.
  • Founder Samuel W. Dexter was elected as a University of Michigan regent.
  • The Dexter Cider Mill is the oldest operating cider mill in Michigan.
  • Gordon Hall is rumored to have served as a refuge for enslaved people seeking freedom on the Underground Railroad.
  • Take a look back at Dexter’s history.

Tales of Dexter

With 200 years under their belt, Dexter has become a desirable place to live, work, and play. Hear the stories directly from community members both new and old. Hear the stories or submit your own.

Get Involved

From volunteer opportunities to sharing an old photo or telling your Dexter story, you can join in! View the full calendar of Dexter bicentennial events

Start planning your Dexter visit! Visit Dexter, Michigan



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