Sharon Mills County Park is a historic, natural wonderland located near the village of Manchester - just a short drive from Ann Arbor. History buffs, outdoor adventurers, wildlife enthusiasts, picnickers, canoers and others enjoy this destination of historical significance, which is open each year from April through November. Additionally, Sharon Mills is a visually stunning venue for weddings and other special events.
The River Raisin flows through Sharon Township on the western side of Washtenaw County, through the Sharon Mills County Park. The site was occupied by a sawmill (1830s), and a gristmill (until the 1920s), before the site was purchased by Henry Ford and converted into a small manufacturing plant. Though the plant closed in 1946, the site has remained of interest to historians from around the country, especially those fascinated with Henry Ford and his endeavors. Sharon Mills has since enjoyed stints as a private residence, antique business, and winery, and in the year 2000 became part of the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission. Additionally, adjacent farmland has been purchased by the county as well, increasing the park’s acreage to over 160 acres.
Visitors to the Sharon Mills building can expect to see historic photos, interpretive panels, a growing collection of artifacts, and beautiful scenery. Those who bring their bicycles, canoes, or walking shoes will enjoy the stunning vistas provided by the park from the 3.8-mile trail that meanders through fields and alongside the mill pond. Part of the trail parallels an old road bed, with the path nestled under a canopy of old oak trees - and passes through wetlands and land frequented by wood ducks, sandhill cranes, deer, turkeys, and other wildlife.
Weddings are especially beautiful in this naturally picturesque destination. An outdoor pavilion is available for events, as is the mill building, and local caterer Food Art works with guests to design unique nuptials at this very special venue.