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Top Five Ways to Spend an Afternoon in Schoolcraft

Posted on August 15th, 2019

The Village of Schoolcraft is full of small-town character and charm! Located about 23 minutes south of Downtown Kalamazoo, it’s a popular spot for local history buffs, antique shopping and those looking to blend both old and new living in perfect harmony.

 

Take a look at our suggestions below for ideas on how to spend an afternoon in Schoolcraft!

 

 

Activities

 

Historic

 

Dr. Nathan Thomas house

 

When the Underground Railroad passed through Southern Michigan,
Dr. Nathan Thomas, an ardent Quaker Abolitionist living in Schoolcraft was asked to open his home as a Station. He quickly agreed for he had been providing such sanctuary for many years.  Dr. Thomas, the first physician in Kalamazoo County, had built a small two-room office on Cass and Centre Streets in 1835.  After his marriage to Miss Pamela Brown in 1840, he added two wings to the original structure and raised the roof to allow two rooms upstairs.

 

During the twenty years, the Station was in operation, 1,000 to 1,500 escaping slaves were given food, shelter, medical aid, and encouragement. The home was often crowded for the four Thomas children were born during those years. Yet, there was always room for the unexpected guests and Mrs. Thomas’ hours were full with extra meals to cook and beds to be made ready.

 

 

 

Recreation

 

 

Village Cyclery

 

Chandler Garrison and Jeff Bell opened Village Cyclery in the spring of 1974 in Schoolcraft, Michigan, and have been there ever since. With over 40 years of experience they can promptly build super reliable wheels or assemble your dream bike with care and precision!

 

 

 

 

Unique

 

Wind & James

 

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WIND + JAMES offers a unique space in which to create + collaborate. With a wide array of art and enrichment classes for children and adults, as well as a space for community events open to the public!

 

 

 

 

Food

 

 

Lunch or Dinner

 

Nonla Taqueria

 

Nonla Taqueria’s menu offers culinary options from regions across Mexico, including the Yucatan Peninsula and Tijuana, while also featuring menu items with unique Nonla twists! Their menu favorites include street tacos with a choice of five different proteins and the Nonla taco, which features a deep-fried tortilla with ground beef, lettuce, cheese, salsa and Parmesan cheese.

 

 

 

Dessert

 

The Big Dipper

 

The Big Dipper is a small-town ice cream joint that serves Hudsonville Ice Cream as well as flavor burst soft serve, slushies, sundaes and more.