Come Discover One of Lapeer County's Best Kept Secrets!
Founded in 1833, Almont is the sixth oldest village in the State of Michigan. Originally called Newburg, the Village was incorporated in 1855 under their new name of Almont in honor of a Mexican diplomat and ambassador named General Juan V. Almonte. The historic roots of this charming community create the foundation for a unique downtown.
Nestled among rolling fields and neighboring woods - Almont offers a unique blend of country living with all the modern conveniences needed to attract today's urban professionals and businesses. Conveniently located on M-53, Almont is easily accessible from M-59 and I-69. Known for our friendly atmosphere and strong sense of community pride, visitors will discover that Almont is a community where neighbors take care of neighbors and everyone is willing to share a ready smile, story or helping hand.
Experience what others already have. Downtown Almont offers something for everyone. From gourmet coffee and specialty shops to fresh locally grown plants and produce - Almont truly is unique.
"A Hidden Gem in the Thumb" - published by Richard (Rick) Liblong in the November/December 2009 Issue of Michigan History magazine.
History of the Memorial Tree
In 1982, three young men in the community lost their lives in separate unrelated accidents. Any unexpected loss of life is difficult, but at 23 years of age, this loss was especially tragic. Glenn Edgett, Randy Lesner and Shawn Wilson were lifelong residents of Almont, graduates of Almont High School and members of the same Boy Scout troop.
To honor their memory, their parents planted the blue spruce at its current location. This tree has thrived and in nearly 30 years has grown to over 50 feet tall. As the tree grew, it served as a natural choice to serve as Almont’s holiday tree – lighting the community in the evening and early morning hours at a dark time of year. It is lit during our annual “Holly Day Light Parade” by a local elementary student and Santa. Together – they throw a pretend switch and the tree lights to the delight of the approximately 800 people that attend this event. This year will mark the 15th anniversary of the Holly Day Light Parade.
Come stroll through the Almont Fountain Park.
Designed by Hamilton Anderson Associates, the Almont Fountain Park is winner of the American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award for 2006. It has also been recognized with a 2006 Merit Award from the Michigan Industry and Landscape Association (MNLA) Industry Awards Program.
Redevelopment of this key corner location into a public gathering space serves to attract residents and visitors to our downtown.
Almont Historical Walking Tour
If buildings could speak, what stories they could tell! Why not take some time to stroll downtown and learn some of the rich history attached to Almont’s historic structures. The Almont DDA has recently published the first edition of a “Historical Walking Tour” brochure. Created in partnership with the Almont Community Historical Society, this brochure highlights eight buildings with narrative and past/present photos. Visualize what it was like in the late 1800’s when carriages were the mode of transportation and board sidewalks kept people off the muddy road. Sometimes an imagination is what it takes to see a building in how it used to be while other times it appears as if time has stood still.
Generous funding from the Four County Community Foundation has helped to provide signs which are attached to each of the properties. This allows those without a brochure to experience history as they visit our downtown.
This self-guided tour will be sure to inform and surprise you while preserving some of the rich history of Almont. Brochures are available at the Almont Downtown Development Authority Office, the Village of Almont offices and from the Almont Community Historical Society.
A special word of appreciation to:
Four County Community Foundation
231 E. St. Clair
Almont, MI 48003
For good. For ever.
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