History

seymour house south haven, miThe Seymour House is a beautiful brick Italianate-style mansion built by William H. Seymour in 1862 and remains one of the finest homes in the area. The Seymour’s were prominent lumber barons as well as prosperous peach farmers and bankers. The estate was once a commercial peony farm and 50 years later, one can see peonies blooming in vacant woods beyond the present property.

SOUTH HAVEN, on Lake Michigan, was a tiny bustling village in the 1800′s with lively fishing, lumbering and fruit shipping businesses across Lake Michigan. The resort business began in the late 1880′s and was at its peak by 1900. With rough economic times and fires, many of the resorts were destroyed or abandoned in the early 1940′s. In the early 1980′s a rebirth of tourism occurred in South Haven and the completed riverfront marina area became a hot spot for festivals and arts-and-crafts shows. The lighthouse on Lake Michigan remains the focal point of this great riverfront park.

SAUGATUCK, on Kalamazoo Lake, has a history of artists, towering dunes, and sugar sand beaches on Lake Michigan. Today it is a picturesque village with 19th century charm. Saugatuck and Douglas offer many nationally renowned art galleries, antique shops and quaint boutiques. A stroll along the boardwalk is a must.