Benzonia

Benzonia is located on the south shore of Crystal Lake in the heart of Benzie County.  Benzonia is the birthplace of the famous Civil War and Michigan historian, Bruce Catton. There is historical plaque about him in front of the library. Benzonia has beautiful swimming beaches and several small shops to visit. Population: 449.  Founded by Charles E. Bailey as the site of a proposed Christian college in 1858, while it was still a woodland wilderness. The Herring Creek post office was moved here in 1859.  Incorporated as a village in 1891.  The French called the local river Aux Bec Scies (bec-scie meaning sawbill, a species of duck, evidently abounding on the stream then), which the American sailors corrupted into the Betsie River, and that in turn was changed to Benzie when the county was organized in 1869.  Informational excerpts from Michigan Place Names, by Walter Romig, L.H.D.

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Attractions

BeeDazzled Candleworks, 6289 River Road, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-7765

Benzie Area Historical Museum, 6941 Traverse Avenue, Box 185, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-5539

Dining Out

Crystal Cafe, 1681 Benzie Highway, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-9565

Lodging

Hanmer’s Riverside Resort [Resort, Canoe & Kayak Rentals], 2251 Benzie Highway, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-7783

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Homestead Resort - Benzonia [Resort], 2399 Dam Rd, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-4163

Lakes-N-Trails [Motel], 1584 Benzie Hwy, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231)882-0206

Organizations

 

Outdoors & Sports

Benzie Fishing Service [Sportfishing Charters], 7000 King Road, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-5018

Hanmer’s Riverside Resort [Resort, Canoe & Kayak Rentals], 2251 Benzie Highway, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-7783

Sleeping Bear Charters LLC [Sportfishing Charters], 3475 S. Stanley St., Lake Leelanau, MI 49653, Phone: (231) 256-6474

Timberline Campground [Private Campground], 2788 Benzie Highway, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-9548

Services

 

Shopping

BeeDazzled Candleworks, 6289 River Road, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-7765

Gwen Frostic Prints [Art Gallery], 5140 River Road, Box 300, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-5505

Rubini Gallery [Art Galleries], 1047 Michigan Ave., Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231)882-2787

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