Village History and More
The first settler in Livingston County was Colonel Solomon Peterson of New York State who obtained land from the government on May 13, 1828. His 160 acres were in section 26 of Putman Township (the name was later changed to Putnam) near the intersection of two Indian trails.
The population of the Township grew slowly at first, increasing by only a handful of families during the next dozen of years. By 1836, the slow trickle of settler had turned into a steady stream and in May of that year, the Township had 367 inhabitants. It was about that time whenWilliam Kirkland, principal of a girl’s school in Detroit, was caught up in the land speculation fever.
William Kirkland dreamed of starting a new town in the wilds of Michigan to serve the needs of the ever-increasing population. Such dreams were not uncommon during this time. The price of land was relatively cheap and prospects for considerable profits were good if the land was improved and resold. Kirkland journeyed to Putnam and purchased land from Colonel Peterson and others, for starting a new village.
Pinckney Celebrates 175 Years
The Village of Pinckney celebrated its 175th Anniversary with a community festival in June 2010.
Activities kicked off on Friday, June 25, in the Putnam Township Square, with judging and tasting of Celebration Cakes supplied by local residents and businesses through a Cake Contest. The Cake Contest, sponsored by Pinckney Bakery, awarded prizes for BEST IN SHOW (Adult, Junior and Teen categories) as well as a PEOPLE’S CHOICE Award.
The first ever Pinckney’s Got Talent took place beginning on Friday along with the Lion’s Club selling Hot Dogs, Popcorn and Sodas. Movies in the Park, sponsored by Community Congregational Church, began at dusk with a showing of Shrek.
Saturday, June 26 started off with a Pancake Breakfast in the Park, sponsored by St Mary’s Men’s Club and Putnam Township, with free will donations benefiting Faith Medical Clinic in Pinckney. During the breakfast several events will kick-off including Jazz Music with Ed Sugar, sponsored by Main Street Dollar & More, and a 5K Run/Walk sponsored by People’s Church.
A Parade left Pinckney Elementary at 12 noon and travel into the town where numerous local businesses and non-profits will have information booths, food vendors and activities set up in the park. Both guided and self-guided tours of Historical Homes and the Cemetery were available on Saturday afternoon.
The Pinckney-Lakeland-Hamburg-Hell Chamber along with Putnam Township sponsored a commemorative mural that was produced for display on the Playground side of the Senior Center. The mural was painted on-site with the help of local children attending the festival under the direction of local artist, Katherine Larson.
A good time was had by all. See you again in 2035!