The Heyday and Decline of Liberty, in Jackson County
The small town of Liberty in Jackson County is easy to pass by and miss entirely. I've zoomed by it many times, going through the W. Liberty/S. Jackson intersection on my way to Flavor Fruit farms or McCourtie Park near Somerset Center. I've noticed the township hall on the southwest corner of that intersection but didn't pay it much attention. If you also happened to unknowingly drive by the village of Liberty, then here's your opportunity to get to know it better ad even take a drive-thru town.
Once you get to that intersection, turn eastward (E. Liberty) and what's left of the downtown is just a few feet down the road.
The Township of Liberty was settled in 1835 when the land was full of wildlife, trees, brush and Native Americans. Once enough land was cleared, homes started sprouting up and the name "Liberty" was decided in 1837.
Looking at Liberty now, it may be hard to fathom all the different fields, shops, stores and trades that were available to the townsfolk:
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Liberty was the kind of small town that was like Mayberry: Sunday ball games, concerts, picnics, potluck dinners, town bazaars, card games, celebrations and festivals.
Then, the 1900's came along and businesses began to decline, companies either closed down or moved to larger cities, residents left looking for work elsewhere, etc. It's a sad ending for what was such a pleasant place to live. From what I understand, it still is pleasant to live in Liberty, it's just not the bustling town as it once was.
However, don't feel too bad for LIberty. There are a nice handful of lakes to enjoy in the area: Crispell Lake, Pine Hill Lake and Round Lake. Other nearby lakes include the Grand, Mirror, Mud, and Skiff lakes.
The townspeople and the wildlife are still abundant and welcome your visit during an afternoon or as part of your Michigan roadtrip....check out the general store when you go!