Historic Resource Database


You are invited to explore the 4,000 plus historic resources of Washtenaw County, Michigan and learn about the rich cultural history that makes Washtenaw County unique! You can investigate these fascinating resources, view aerial imagery, and map nearby natural features using our online mapping interface.
Please read the following disclaimers and certifications and have fun exploring Washtenaw County's cultural history.

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The Historic Resource Database (HistWeb) contains survey information, photos, and sketches of  properties more than fifty years old gathered over the last twenty-two years.

HistWeb is currently being updated to transfer historical data to Washtenaw County's newer mapping software. This will improve usability and support newer browser features. We hope to keep HistWeb live throughout the entire process.

This is a federally funded project made possible by a partnership between the Washtenaw County Historic District Commission (WCHDC) and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

Please be aware that: 

  • This site is a compilation of surveys of historic resources from a specific time period. Therefore, changes have inevitably occurred, and we ask for your help in making corrections or additions to the information presented. We will update the site as new documentation becomes available. Please Contact Us with documentation for corrections and updates.
  • The information is current through June 2003 but the aerial photos were taken in April 2002.
  • Most sites depicted herein are private property and are not open to the public. The owners have been generous in sharing their knowledge and property histories, and their privacy should be respected.
  • The majority of the surveys were conducted by students and graduates of the Eastern Michigan University Historic Preservation Program.
  • Resource information varies in the amount of detail available. Some resources may have been missed during the surveying process.
  • HistWeb is a compilation of surveys located outside city and village limits but within Washtenaw County. Many resources are located in rural townships that are currently experiencing rapid growth and losing their rural landscape.
  • There will be an opportunity for you to sort through the database using 19 pre-selected fields.
  • When a property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, State Register, or is a Washtenaw County Historic District, a link will be provided for more information. Remember that these links will take you to an entirely new site.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to view the images. To obtain this free software please visit this site. Click here to download the latest Adobe Reader. Scanned images have been saved as Adobe PDF files and JPG files. Barn surveys saved as PDF files may need to be rotated for easier viewing.


The Story of HistWeb

Since its inception in 2002, the HistWeb project has focused on the historic and architectural resources of Washtenaw County through a multi-phased approach. It has been partially funded by grants provided by the State Historic Preservation Office's CLG grant program. Phase I included incorporating data from previously existing historic resource surveys into a database and accompanying web page "HistWeb." Specifically, ten existing surveys of historic resources in Washtenaw County were digitized and made available to the public through our HDC/GIS website. HistWeb Phase I received a 2004 Government/Institution Award for Contribution to Historic Preservation in Michigan from the Michigan Historic Preservation Network.

Subsequent phases included conducting field survey work in an area not previously documented, and adding additional historic resource survey information to the website from areas most at risk or most likely to yield eligible resources; and a collaboration between a local unit of government (Village of Manchester) and the Washtenaw County Historic Preservation Program to assist the local unit in the establishment a local historic district. Data from the latter project was also added to the website.

A pervasive element throughout each phase of the Washtenaw County's "HistWeb" project has been a large-scale effort to place all information related to Washtenaw County's specific historic resources on the County's web page. The purpose is to make the information available to all, including those who may need it for planning, preservation, and other decision-making purposes. This website, in conjunction with the "Histweb" GIS-based database, makes use of this existing body of data in an informative, user-friendly way. It is hoped that the materials will increase your awareness and appreciation of the County's historic and architectural resources.

You are invited to explore the 4,000 plus Historic Resources of Washtenaw County, Michigan and learn about the rich cultural history that makes Washtenaw County unique! You can investigate these fascinating resources, view aerial imagery, and map nearby natural features using our new online mapping interface.

--Melissa Milton-Pung, Current Project Manager


Thank you to the many people involved in creating HistWeb -

Project Coordinator: Marnie Paulus
GIS Coordinator: Kim Wraight
ITS Programmer: Jack Overhiser

SHPO Partners: Teresa Goforth, Ted Grevstad-Nordbrock

Historic Preservation Specialists: Kathy Holtz, Anne Kreykes

County Historic Preservation Planner: Marnie Paulus

GIS Consultants: Keith Croteau, Jim Bennett

WCHDC Consultants: Marshall McLennan, Ted Ligibel, Mary Culver, Sally Bund and Ina Hanel

WCHDC Technicians: Anne Kreykes, Kathy Holtz, Michelle Cyrus and Barry Wauldron

ITS Consultants: Jim Burkey, Sheryl Stefanski, Shawn Stemen, Yang Meng, Nancy Pearlman, Marian Thurman, David Mote, Lois Merit

Web Content Coordinator: Charley Wolfe

Volunteers: Bob Kellum, Don Riddering, Jasper Pennington, Janet Cowling, Kathy Duquette, Karl Williams, Louisa Pieper, Marsha Ticknor

GIS Interns: Nate Arnold, Josh Goldstein, Todd Bootz, Patty Fries



The activity that is the subject of this project has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, through the Department of History, Arts and Libraries. However, the contents and opinions herein do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior or the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products herein constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior or the Michigan department of History, Arts and Libraries.

This program receives Federal financial assistance for identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits Discrimination on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, marital status or disability. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to:

Office for Equal Opportunity
National Park Service
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240

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