Three Oaks & Buchanan

Three Oaks & Buchanan

Two towns that were born of their proximity to easy shipping of industrial goods—Three Oaks to the Michigan Central Railroad, and Buchanan to the busy interstate St. Joseph River. Three Oaks grew into a bustling town around the Featherbone, a corset and buggy whip factory—The Featherbone—founded by industrialist W.K. Warren—the namesake of Warren Dunes State Park. Buchanan’s largest employer though the bulk of the last century was the Clark Equipment Company.

Though the two towns have since lost much of their former industrial vigor, both have retained much of their 19th Century architectural charm and tight-knit civic appeal. Both have also been embraced by flourishing artisan and craftsmen communities, their red brick storefronts restored to quaint new shops, studios, and restaurants. In Three Oaks, stop for a libation and a tour of the craft distillery in the old Featherbone factory. Just outside of Buchanan take a tasting tour of the area’s wonderful wineries. Both are also near to waterfront enjoyment, Three Oaks just a five minute drive to the Lake Michigan shore, and Buchanan on the banks of the boat-friendly St. Joe River.

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