Byers Homestead

Byers Homestead

Two generations of the Byers family have resided on this site, said to be the home of the first white settlers in Commerce Township. Abraham Walrod came here in 1825 from New York State and built a log cabin in what is now the village of Commerce. The present early Victorian frame house erected prior to 1850 replaced the cabin. Now a country store, the barn is believed to have been a blacksmith shop. Other buildings on these grounds include a chicken coop and pantry. Traversed by the Huron River, the area attracted settlers, many of whom came westward via the Erie Canal which opened in 1825. Inhabitants named their village Commerce hoping that its early growth would signal the beginning of a business center. Now a quiet residential village, the community features this picturesque and historic homestead.
photo of Byers Homestead

Marker returned to Department of History
Registered Site L0280
Erected 1977

Location: 213 Commerce Road
Commerce Township, Oakland County

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Latitude: 42.591217, Longitude: -83.482886

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