Source: Stockbridge Area Genealogical/Historical Society
•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.