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Situated in the Thumb Region of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, Forestville is a small village on Lake Huron.

With a population of fewer than 150, Forestville is bordered on the east by Lake Huron. Although it does not have a port, it does have a boat launch site. The village is in Delaware Township in northeastern Sanilac County. Mill Creek flows through the lower center of town, draining into Lake Huron.

The chief route through the village is M-25, which becomes Third Street within the village limits, and runs north-south through the village. Other routes include Forestville Road, Umbert Road, and Big Gulley Road, which forms the village's western border. Nearby cities and villages include Minden City, Harbor Beach, Deckerville, and Port Sanilac.

The first recorded settlement by European Americans was by Alva Kelly, who moved onto land there in 1853. The following year, Captain E.B. Ward opened a sawmill, which brought others to the area. And January 17, 1856, a post office was opened in Forestville, with Isaac Green as the first postmaster. When Delaware Township was organized in 1858, Green was elected the first supervisor of the township. He later built the first hotel, in which the post office was located. Although the post office was closed on October 2, 1872, it was restored on January 20, 1873, and remains in operation.

Forestville was incorporated as a village in 1895, and named for the large number of trees is it were in the region. Like many other Michigan towns, it was the trees that brought the first settlers to the area. The depletion of timber in the early 1900s resulted in population decline, as well. Forestville was never a large town. Its peak population was 282 in 1900. By 1930, the village had been reduced to only 74 people. However, it rebounded in 1940 with a population increase of better than 100%, bringing the population up to 156, which is slightly more than it is today. In 2010, Forestville had a population of 136.

Forestville it's a very small town, largely residential. However, with its frontage on Lake Michigan, and low population, it is probably an ideal place to raise a family, to build a vacation home, or to retire.

The focus of this category is on the Village of Forestville, Michigan. Appropriate topics for this guide include online resources representing the village itself, or any individuals, businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, attractions, or events within the village.

 

 

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