Aviva Directory » Local & Global » North America » United States » States » Michigan » Cities & Towns » Onsted

The village of Onsted, Michigan is in the southern edge of the Irish Hills region of Cambridge Township, Lenawee County, in the southern portion of the state's Lower Peninsula.

Incorporated in 1907, Onsted is the only incorporated municipality in the township and the youngest in the county.

The chief route through the village is Onsted Highway (Main Street), which runs north-south through the center of the village, intersecting Slee Road in the southern portion of the village, while Stephenson Road forms its northernmost boundary. The southern boundary of the main portion of the village is just south of Slee Road, although its boundaries extend several blocks south in a narrow strip on the west side of Onsted Highway, to Wimple Road.

Cities and villages within twenty miles of Onsted include Brooklyn, Cement City, Clayton, Addison, Adrian, Tecumseh, Clinton, Hudson, and Manchester, while the unincorporated communities of Springville, Geneva, Devils Lake, Tipton, and Manitou Beach are within ten miles of the village.

Police and fire services within the village are provided through the Cambridge Township Police and Fire departments. The fire department's station is in downtown Onsted, while the village contracts with the police department for added patrols.

The village's administrative offices are situated in a two-story former bank building in downtown Onsted. The ground floor contains its meeting room, reception area, and storage. The Lenawee County Library System includes a branch just south of downtown Onsted, not far from the Onsted Community School District's campuses.

The Onsted Community School District covers a large area surrounding the village. Its elementary and high school campuses are in the southern part of the village, while its middle school campus is partly within the city, although its main entrance is just south of the city limits, and most of the district's athletic fields are outside of the city limits.

The largest portion of the village's land area is agricultural. More than thirty-five percent of its land is used for farming, animal husbandry, and associated structures, such as farmhouses, barns, pens, and so on.

Residences occupy more than twenty percent of its land area, with more than ninety percent of this being single-family residences. There are a few multiple-family apartment buildings and condominiums, and, although there are no mobile-home communities within the village, there are a few mobile homes on single-family lots.

Roughly the same percentage of the land in Onsted is currently open space, which is land that is not used for any discernable activity. Most of this consists of uncultivated portions of agricultural fields, some of it being wooded.

Commercial land in Onsted takes up less than three percent of its total land area. Most of this is in the village's downtown core, which also includes several single-family homes. Industrial land in Onsted is limited mostly to the 7.3 acres occupied by Onsted Concrete, and a few other small industrial businesses on the west side of the village, and some of these buildings are unoccupied for underutilized.

Onsted was named for John Onsted, father of William Onsted, who organized the village in 1883 when the Michigan & Ohio Railroad extended its track through the area. The railroad was later operated as the Detroit, Toledo & Milwaukee Railroad, and as the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad.

A post office was established on February 28, 1884, with James E. Gibbs as its first postmaster, and the village was incorporated in 1907.

Onsted's population decreased in 1920, but it has increased each census year since that date, for a current population of about nine hundred and fifty.

The focal point of this portion of our guide is on the village of Onsted, Michigan. Appropriate topics include online resources for the village or any other governmental body within the village, as well as local businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, events, sports programs, and recreational opportunities.



Recommended Resources

Search for Onsted on Google or Bing