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article imagePhoto essay: Historic Holly, Michigan Special

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Sep 13, 2011 in Travel
Holly - The town of Holly is known for its haunted hotel and for Battle Alley named for the street brawls between lumbermen and the locals.
The first settlers came to Holly Michigan in 1831. By 1843 one of the settlers, Ira C. Alger had a sawmill and a year later he built a gristmill.
The historic Holly Hotel is believed to be the most haunted historic building in Michigan if not the most haunted in the U.S. It is no longer an Inn but a nationally known American restaurant. It is listed on the United States Register of Historic Places.
Holly Hotel
Holly Hotel
Because of the frequent brawls in the historic district the street was named Battle Alley.
In August of 1908 the local prohibition committee called for Carry A. Nation, known as the "Kansas saloon smasher" to come to their town. She went to the local bars in the alley with her umbrella shouting about the "Demon Rum" and its sins. In 1910 Battle Alley was the first brick street in the village.
Battle Alley
Battle Alley
Two goofy women on Battle Alley.
Battle Alley
Battle Alley
The Holly Candle Shoppe has all hand poured natural soy candles.
Holly Candle Shoppe
Holly Candle Shoppe
Of course doesn't every town, village or city need a Coffee Shop?
Looking down the main street.
A cafe on the main street.
There are two shops with all Michigan made products. They are both owned by John LaCroix, Jr. The first one we entered had food products from Michigan companies. We enjoyed ice cream by Guernsey Farms Dairy of Northville. Their butter pecan has been voted the best for several years.
The other shop, Great Lakes Artisan Village, has many interesting products that are all Michigan made. Lisa Oliver was very helpful in talking about the shop and showing us around.
Some of the Michigan made items that can be found in the store.
Hand carved and painted bird
Hand carved and painted bird
The wall on a building as you enter Battle Alley.
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