The Stockbridge Area Chamber of Commerce
Stockbridge Area Chamber of Commerce (SACC) focuses on helping businesses and residents succeed by making our community a better place to work, live, dine, and play.
By supporting the Chamber you are supporting your community!
The Stockbridge Area Chamber of Commerce is organized to achieve the objectives of promoting growth, community and volunteerism. Focusing on promoting Stockbridge and the surrounding communities by supporting other local groups, individuals and businesses interested in the common good and growth.
Our Towns Brief History
•Stockbridge is located in Ingham County and considered one of the oldest farming communities in the state of Michigan.
•The first settlers arrived in the area in 1835. Elijah Smith, who had entered land in the area, laid out a townsite which he proposed to name Pekin.
•The village was formally incorporated in 1889.
•The arrival of the railroad in 1883 ushered in what were called “boom times”. The business district rapidly expanded as Stockbridge became a commercial center for the area.
•Stockbridge was part of a vegetable growing region once known as “the salad bowl,” which attracted large numbers of farm workers from Kentucky in the 1930’s.
•Gregory is located to the East of Stockbridge and is part of Unadilla Township.
•The town began as a station on a branch of the Grand Trunk Western Railroad, which came through a farm owned by Halstead Gregory, in 1884 and thus the train stop was named after the farmer.
•Halstead built a store near the depot and became the first postmaster in March 1884.
•The Township Hall is located at 126 Webb St in Gregory..
Source: Stockbridge Area genealogical/historical Society
•MUNITH is a small unincorporated community in Henrietta Township southwest of Stockbridge.
•The town was founded when the Grand Trunk Western Railroad put in a depot stop in the early 1800’s.
•Jean Baptiste Berard claimed to have settled in the Munith area in 1816 and had established a trading post in 1831.
•Nearby Batteese Lake was named after him. In 1839, a local settler, Henry Hurd, organized the first post office in the area and named the township Henrietta, after his hometown of Henrietta, New York.