The village in Huron County Michigan was first known as Oliver Center, from its location in Oliver Township (named for pioneer settler John Oliver) when organized in 1877. The village was founded in 1886 by W. J. McGillivray, a blacksmith, who built the first house here. He named it to commemorate his killing a huge elk entangled in his wife’s clothesline. Simon Hoffman became the first postmaster on Nov. 24, 1886. The location was a station on the Saginaw, Tuscola & Huron Railroad. Incorporated as a village in 1897. Today Elkton is a vibrant agricultural community hosting many festivals throughout the year. Elkton sits in the middle of what is considered the Wind Energy capital of Michigan.
Things to Do in Elkton
Elkon hosts a great nine hole golf course. Century Oaks Golf Course offers a challenging course and a wonderful clubhouse with great food. If it’s a rainy day they also have pool tables and a golf simulator. If you want a great bar burger and beer head over to the Hitching Post Inn. The building was once a hotel and you can see an interesting arrangement of stained glass.
Elkon also has an interesting collection of colorful murals. Some are prominently displayed while others are located in quiet alley or sidestreet. They are interesting to find. Most have the hashtag of the artist #LVMELKTON.
During the end of the summer Elkton hosts its annual Autumn Fest during Labor Day weekend. This is three days of music, food, contests and fun. One of the highlights of the weekend is the Thumb Tractor pull Association’s Pickup Tractor and Pickup Pull event. Considered the largest in the State of Michigan.
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