A little history...
In 1830, the first pioneer settler moved from New York to
what would become first Independence Township and later the Village of Clarkston. This
man, Linus Jacox, and those who soon followed him, left their mark on our community. Their
names grace our streets, our buildings, and even the village itself, named for brothers
Nelson and Jeremiah Clark in 1842. These early residents left us a wonderful town, filled
with the homes and buildings they built over a hundred years ago.
Did you know...
About 30 years ago, the Village of Clarkston, along with its historic buildings and homes,
was almost lost. The State of Michigan intended to widen Main Street to at least 4 lanes,
a plan that would have caused many of the homes and businesses to be moved or torn down. A
group of concerned citizens stopped the construction. They worked to add Clarkston to the
National Register of Historic Places, thus preserving it for all of us. That
original group of
citizens eventually became the Clarkston Community Historical Society.
The Clarkston Community Historical Society has been created in order to bring together
those people interested in the history of our community and area; and, as far as possible,
to collect and/or preserve such things that are of historic interest. Our goal is to
provide educational opportunities for the community, not only through our collection of
historic books, papers and artifacts showcased in our
Clarkston Heritage Museum, but through speeches, programs, tours of historic
sites, and other similar activities.
The Board of Directors of the Clarkston Community Historical Society meet on the fourth
Tuesday of each month in the Clarkston Heritage Museum
located in the Independence Township Library at 7 p.m.
All are welcome to attend meetings.
The Clarkston Community Historical Society is pleased to assist people in historical or
genealogical research. Please contact us at CCHS Research, 6495
Clarkston Road, Clarkston,
MI, 48346; or e-mail your questions to
Please include your e-mail address for e-mail questions. Also include your
address and phone number on all inquiries so that we might contact you if necessary.
We are a vibrant group of people dedicated to preserving the heritage of Clarkston and
Independence Township. We host lectures, programs and other special events, including
a wonderful art show called Art in the Village held each September. We publish books, work within our
school district to provide educational materials to our children, and are
the founders of the Clarkston Heritage Museum. We are a 501(c)3 charity organization.
information, please contact CCHS by mail at
6495 Clarkston Road, Clarkston, MI 48346, or by phone, (248) 922-0270.
Charitable Contribution Form
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