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5 Things to Do In The Amazing Colorful Murals of Elkton Michigan

The Elkton, Michigan village in Huron County 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 of 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. It was 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 Michigan

Elkton, Michigan, offers a variety of attractions for visitors. Explore the area’s natural beauty by hiking at Sleeper State Park or kayaking in the Pinnebog River. The Elkton Historical Society provides a glimpse into the region’s past. Food lovers should not miss the local farmers’ market or the famous Phil’s Diner. Lastly, golf enthusiasts can enjoy a Century Oaks Golf Club round.

Golfing Near Elkton

Elkon hosts a tremendous nine-hole golf course. Century Oaks Golf Course offers a challenging course, a fabulous clubhouse, and great food. If it’s a rainy day, they also have pool tables and a golf simulator.

Century Oaks Golf Course
Century Oaks Golf Course

Suppose you want a great bar burger and beer, head 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 in a quiet alley or sidestreet. They are interesting to find. Most have the artist’s hashtag, #LVMELKTON.

Elkton Mi Log Cabin Museum

Enos Mayhew built this 18 x 22-foot Michigan pioneer log cabin in 1865, just north of Pinnebog. It consists of two stories with an upper dormer design similar to the Baur and Notter cabins near Pigeon.

Log Cabin in Elkton Michigan
Log Cabin in Elkton Michigan

The Cabin was donated by Dr. & Mrs. Henry Schoenhals of Port Austin to the Elkton Historical Society. In 1987, it was dismantled, moved, and restored at the southeast corner of Ackerman Memorial Park in Elkton. The Elkton Historical Society maintains the cabin—with limited hours of visiting. Free admission. Call before you visit.

Huron County has the largest collection of pioneer log cabins in Michigan. The Pigeon Historical Society is restoring an 1860s log cabin from the Ora Labora Colony.

The Thumb Animal Shelter In Elkton Michigan

Adopt a dog - Thumb Animal Shelter - Elkton Michigan
Courtesy Thumb Animal Shelter

The village of Elkton Mi is home to the Thumb Animal Shelter if you’re looking for a companion dog or an addition to your family. The shelter was established in 1996 by Deen Forster and her late husband, Ron. They both have a lifetime passion for dogs; they are dedicated to saving the lives of as many of the homeless canines in Huron County as we can. To see who is available for adoption, visit the Thumb Animal Shelter Facebook Page.

Elkton Michigan Autumn Fest

Elkton hosts its annual Autumn Fest during Labor Day weekend at the end of the summer. This is three days of music, food, contests, and fun. One of the weekend highlights is the Thumb Tractor pull Association’s Pickup Tractor and Pickup Pull event. Considered the largest in the State of Michigan. Check out the Elkton Autumn Fest Facebook page for their latest updates.

Elkton’s Music in the Park

Veteran’s Park in Downtown Elkton is the place to be this summer with its much-anticipated “Music in the Park” series. This event promises a blend of live music, food, and community spirit, making it a must-attend for residents and visitors alike.

Event Schedule:

  • June 14: The series kicks off with a performance by Random, accompanied by food trucks from Coney Guys and Extreme Freeze.
  • June 28: Stix & Stones will entertain the crowd, with food trucks from Savor Street and Coney Guys.
  • July 12: Movin’ On will take the stage, while Jenno’s 989 and Extreme Freeze food trucks serve up delicious treats.
  • July 26: Enjoy the classic sounds of The Big Band, with food from Farm 2 You and Extreme Freeze.
  • August 9: CWM-Chase Murphy will perform, and Nikki’s and Extreme Freeze will provide the food.
  • August 23: The series concludes with a performance by Loradale, featuring food trucks from Holy Guacamole and Extreme Freeze.

The fun begins with food vendors setting up at 5:00 PM, and music starting at 6:30 PM.

Be sure to check out Elkton Community Happenings on Facebook for more information about this event and other community activities. The event is proudly sponsored by the Elkton Lions Parks & Rec.

Weather In Elkton Mi

FAQs About Elkton Mi

What county is Elkton, Michigan, in?

Elkton is located in Huron County, Michigan.

What is the Elkton, Michigan ZIP code?

Elkton, Michigan’s USPS zip code is 48731.

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Michael Hardy

Michael Hardy is the owner of Thumbwind Publications LLC. Michael was born in Michigan and grew up near Caseville. In 2009 he started this fun-loving site covering Michigan's Upper Thumb. Since then, he has authored a vast range of content and established a loyal base of 60,000 visitors per month.

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