Registered Site L1063


In 1843 Calvin Smith became the first white settler in the area. N.G. Chase opened a store here the following year. When Dr. Wilbur Fisher, the area's pioneer physician, began operating a rural post office in 1848, he named the community Smyrna after a Greek city. The village, platted as Mount Vernon was also called Mount Vernon Mills. In the 1880s, with a population of 300, Smyrna had a hotel on this site, plus saw and flour mills, a foundry, three blacksmiths shops, two churches and a wagon shop.
photo of Smyrna

Erected 1983

Location: 4972 Whites Bridge Road
Smyrna, Ionia County

Cities and Towns

Latitude: 43.0591368, Longitude: -85.2633047

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