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Situated in Lexington Township, the village of Lexington, Michigan in east Sanilac County, in the Thumb Region of the Lower Peninsula.

Bordered by Lake Huron to the east, the chief routes to and through the village are M-25 (Lakeshore Road) and M-90 (Peck Road), the latter of which ends at its intersection with M-25 in downtown Lexington.

Cities and villages within twenty miles of Lexington include Croswell, Applegate, Port Sanilac, Peck, and Carsonville, while the unincorporated communities of Lexington Heights, Great Lakes Beach, Huronia Heights, Birch Beach, Blue Water Beach, and Amadore are within ten miles of the village. Sandusky, the county seat, is about thirty miles to the northwest.

The village now known as Lexington was the first Lake Huron settlement north of Port Huron, at a time when M-25 was a trail through pine and hardwood forests, and other trails led to the north and west.

Depending on the source, the first European settler was either John Smith or John Beebe, who came with his family in 1837, building a log home on a hill overlooking Lake Huron, on the south side of what is now Huron Avenue. As others soon followed, John decided that the place was getting crowded, so he and his family sold out to Reuben Simons in 1838, and moved on. The settlement was first known as Greenbush. Most of its early settlers between 1838 and 1840 came from Canada, New England, and the Mid-Atlantic states, and were largely lumbermen, fur traders, or sailors.

In 1842, two brothers, Samuel W. and William Monroe, acquired land south of Huron Avenue, and platted a village that they named Monrovia.

In 1846, a post office was established to serve the two platted townsites, and named Lexington, which was later adopted as the name for the combined communities. Mark Carrington was the first postmaster.

That year, a sawmill was constructed in the area north of where the tennis courts are today. Three docks were built for schooners that shipped wood products to markets in Detroit, Cleveland, and Chicago. The docks at the end of Simons Street were the Lexington Fish House.

Lexington was incorporated as a village in 1855. Tradition has it that the village was named Lexington at the suggestion of Reuben Diamond, a villager whose wife was related to Ethan Allen, who fought at the Revolutionary War Battle of Lexington.

Built and maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1965, Lexington Harbor largely serves the local recreational boating industry.

Today, Lexington is a small waterfront town with a historic downtown. Its central business district is centered on the intersection of Huron Avenue and Main Street, and its commercial corridor lands on Main Street, also known as M-25. Residential areas radiate from Main Street, and industrial and agricultural properties are at the periphery of the village.

Lexington first appeared on the census rolls in 1880 with a population of 953. Due largely to the depletion of the area's timber resources, the new village experienced declines for the next six decades, except for a slight increase in 1930. Since that time, however, it has experienced growth every decade except 1980, although a five percent decline is anticipated with the 2020 census reports are released. Its population is just over 1,100.

The unincorporated community of Lexington Heights is just south of Lexington and is served by the Lexington post office. The summer resort community is in Worth Township and, like its neighbor to the north, it is bordered by Lake Huron to the east. Lexington Heights is neither a municipality nor a homeowner's association and, governmentally, the community is part of Worth Township. Lexington Heights provides garbage collection for the community, and maintains the beaches, jetties, parkways, and the Lexington Heights Clubhouse.

The focus of this category is on the village of Lexington, Michigan. However, we will include Lexington Heights in this category, as well. Online resources representing the Lexington village government or any local businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, sports activities, or recreational activities in Lexington or Lexington Heights are appropriate for this portion of our guide.


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