Arcadia Township is a township located in Manistee County, Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township had a total population of 621. The unincorporated community of Arcadia is located within the township on Michigan State Highway 22 on the shore of Lake Michigan.
Founded in 1880, Arcadia's early history was dominated by lumber baron Charles Starke. Starke also established Trinity Lutheran Church, Arcadia's most prominent structure and a Michigan state historic site. The town thrived as a lumber town through the early 1900's. In 1906 Starke's lumber mill burns to the ground and is replaced by the Arcadia Furniture Factory.
The population of Arcadia roughly doubles during the summer months as people from across the United States maintain summer homes in Arcadia. Many of the visitors are connected with a Lutheran family retreat center called Camp Arcadia. Besides a bar called the Big Apple, activities in the township are few; people are drawn to the natural beauty and relative remoteness of the area. One of the few gravity hills in Michigan is located in Arcadia at the intersection of Putney and Joyfield Roads.
Web Sites and Links
Arcadia Bluffs Golf ClubA 18 hole golf course, open to the public seven days a week, from mid-April to mid-November. Club house, tee times, specials, and announcements.
Historic Arcadia, MichiganA virtual museum of photos, oral histories, maps, and other artifacts covering the history of Arcadia, Michigan.