In the mid-center of Eaton County lies the unincorporated community of Chester, within Chester Township.

The township was founded in 1839; the village known as 'Chester' came shortly afterward.

There is hardly any definitive information on Chester's history, but there are scant records of the area, showing a post office, a few businesses, churches and schools. There is a country store just 2 1/2 miles northeast of town, on Vermontville Road, and the Gresham Cemetery is across the street, a little ways north on the right side of Mulliken Road.

It's a pleasant little place to visit, with old houses that seem to be kept-up well and the old post office seems to be the only original downtown building still standing.

Chester is another of those 'hidden' Michigan towns that seems to avoid visitors, tourists and curiosity seekers...but now you know, so drive-thru sometime soon. There are no restaurants, gas stations or food stores in Chester, so if you plan to explore the town, bring a few munchies along...and a camera, of course!


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