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The Only Famous Person from Hudson, Michigan (and Vintage Photos)


Until recently, I had never been to the town of Hudson in Lenawee County. Located about ten miles from the Michigan-Ohio border, Hudson is only a little over two square miles in size.

The town was originally called ‘Lanesville’ and the first post office in the area opened in 1836. Not long after, the town’s name was changed to ‘Hudson’ after a local landowner and town doctor, Daniel Hudson.

Of all the things to see and do in Hudson, one of the historic attractions is Maple Grove Cemetery. The cemetery, located in a Victorian-style setting, was created out of necessity after the previous cemetery became full. The old cemetery was on the land where Webster’s Park currently resides.

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Is anyone famous from Hudson? Yes, that would be Will Carleton, born just outside Hudson in 1845, he attended Hudson schools and Hillsdale College. Will was a poet and became a nationally known writer by the 1870s. The subjects of most of his poems were not about love; he liked to write about farm life and the contrast with city life. Carleton—called Michigan’s “Poet Laureate”—died in 1912 and has a monument just outside the Hudson city limits. The charter school in Hillsdale is named after him: Will Carleton Academy.

When you visit Hudson, check out the Thompson Home Museum and Gardens. The museum was originally the 1890 home of William Thompson, Civil War veteran and former mayor of Detroit (1880-1883).

Hudson’s motto: “Small Town Big Heart” that you – like me – will discover when you visit…

Vintage photos of Hudson, Michigan


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