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Port Hope, Michigan is a small village in Huron County, in the northeast part of the Thumb Region of the Lower Peninsula.

Surrounded by Rubicon Township, Stafford County Park takes up a large portion of the north segment of the village. The 38-acre park features seventy-three sites, six cabins, and both modern, tent, and group camping facilities. It also serves as a site for softball tournaments and other recreational activities. Built in 1858, the Sawmill Chimney, a national historic monument, is adjacent to a pavilion on the waterfront.

The chief route through the village is M-25 (Lakeshore Road), Port Hope Road (Portland Avenue), Ruppel Road (Main Street), Redman Road (State Road), and Kinde Road.

Cities and villages within twenty-five miles of Port Hope include Harbor Beach, Kinde, Port Austin, Forestville, Minden City, and Bad Axe, while the unincorporated communities of Lewisville, Redman, Huron City, and Glencoe are within ten miles.

In 1851 Reuben DiMond acquired patents on timberland in the area. In 1857, William Southerd and a man named Witcher, while drifting in a small skiff, came ashore at Port Hope, and it was Mr. Southerd who named the place Port Hope after acquiring land there.

Later, William R. Stafford bought the DiMond and Southerd claims and opened the area up to lumbering. In 1858, he built a dock and opened a lumber mill and other mills. As a community grew up around the mills, the Stafford and Haywood lumber firm was the principal proprietors of land in the area, and the place was often referred to as Stafford.

However, when a post office was established on January 6, 1860, with Mr. Stafford as postmaster, it assumed the name of Port Hope. The community was incorporated as a village in 1887.

After an 1871 fire, Port Hope was able to return to lumbering, but a second fire in 1881 destroyed the area's timber resources, after which agriculture became the focus of the area's economy. Mr. Stafford built a flour mill, a grain elevator, and a new dock. A branch line of the Pere Marquette Railroad ended at Port Hope in 1903.

Today, Port Hope is largely a residential community, with some summer visitation due to its location along Lake Huron.

The focal point of this portion of our guide is on the village of Port Hope, Michigan. Online resources representing the village or any other governmental entities, as well as local businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, or recreational opportunities are appropriate for this category.



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