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.
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.
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.