Lovingly restored historic home of children's author and illustrator Patricia Polacco.
Welcome to Meteor Ridge Farm! Its name comes from the story about a meteor that fell onto my grandparents' yard not far from my home. The meteorite is now our family headstone in the village cemetery; I thought my ancestors would love the name.
Originally my home was known as 'the plantation', and was built between 1859 and 1860. This old place is one of our heritage trust homes here in Michigan, and it used to be a part of the underground railroad. The house sits on the crest of a small hill with my driveway resting just on the edge of Union City, the small village that I call home.
National Historic Landmark, Bed & Breakfast since 1982
The Villa is situated in a quaint & charming 19th Century River Village. On an acre of peacefully landscaped Victorian gardens and grounds where you can relax and sip the gentler side of life. A place for you to enjoy an Afternoon Tea in our Gingerbread Gazebo, share a bottle of wine and stretch out on the jewel green lawn, unwind by our goldfish pond and pass the day listening to our century old fountain play its familiar bubbling refrain. Or, browse through our 19th Century Antique Lighting Shoppe... The "19th Century Lighting Co." in downtown Union City.
In the early 1920s the cost of electricity produced by the burning of coal was thought to be prohibitively expensive in the community of Union City, Branch County. As the town grew in size and electrical demands increased, a hydroelectrical plant was suggested as a means to deliver cheaper electricity to the town. By 1923 Riley Dam was constructed on nearby St. Joseph River, and the backwater that formed behind the dam was known as Municipal Pond. This water body was later named Union Lake.
6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
For over 15+ years with the help of family and friends, Ron & Chickie Morris have meticulously erected a holiday display that can be seen from miles away. Santa comes yearly one special night during the season with his elves and bags of toys for the children. The holiday display is without question an incredible heart warming experience that should be included in everyone's family holiday traditions.
Saturdays 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
"Summers in Michigan". We Michiganders are lucky to have a great growing climate that allows us to grow a bountiful harvest. Every Saturday, June-October in Downtown Union City, you can treat yourself to fresh locally grown fruits & vegetables, baked goods and much, much more!
8:00 am - Dusk
"Nature Lovers Dream". Imagine yourself paddling down one of the most picturesque rivers in Branch County. Now you can do that with access from Union City's Launch Site. Enjoy our beautiful St. Joseph river that flows effortlessly into Union Lake. Please respect nature and your environment and leave it as beautiful as you found it.
The Union City Civil War Monument erected on May 30th, 1884 to the Memory of our fallen heroes from 1861 - 1865. Marker is at the intersection of N. Broadway Street and Allen Street, on the right when traveling north. The monument is located in the churchyard of the First Congregational Church located at 410 N. Broadway Street, Union City, Michigan.
8:00 am - Dusk
This stately Greek revival structure was built a century and a half ago by Deacon Chester Hammond move west from Smyrna County, New York in 1836. The house was originally part of a two hundred acre tract which Hammond platted in 1837, in anticipation of a proposed extension of the Ernie Canal. Hammond's influence on the Union City's early development is formidable. Before his death in 1849, he was Union City's first town clerk and an original stock holder in the Union City Iron Co. In 1986, the Society for Historic Preservation acquired Hammond House to serve as a focal center for the preservation of local artifacts and written history of Union City.
Open by Appointment Only - (517) 741-7347 (Caroline Rice)