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Shaftsburg, Michigan is in Woodhull Township, in the southwestern corner of Shiawassee County.

Unincorporated communities in Michigan don't have legally defined boundaries. However, Shaftsburg is generally considered to include the areas south of I-69, with Lansing Road forming its northern boundary. Shaftsburg Road and West Beard Road intersect just east of downtown, while Vermillion Creek flows through the southwestern part of the community. The railroad forms its southeast boundary.

Cities and villages within twenty miles of Shaftsburg include Perry, Morrice, Laingsburg, Williamston, East Lansing, Bancroft, Webberville, Lansing, Owosso, DeWitt, Ovid, Vernon, Durand, Corunna, Dansville, Byron, and Fowlerville, while the unincorporated communities of Forest Green Estates, Haslett, and Bath are within ten miles.

The community was originally known as Woodhull, for Josephus Woodhull who, along with his sons, John and Josephus, became the first European-American settlers in 1836. John Woodhull became the first township supervisor in 1838.

On January 14, 1850, a post office was established at Woodhull with David J. Tower as the first postmaster. The office was closed on November 12, 1857, but restored from December 15, 1856 to August 1, 1870. It reopened on November 19, 1874, and was renamed Shaftsburgh on January 19, 1880.

Shaftsburg was a station on the Grand Trunk Railroad, and named for John P. Shaft, a local landowner who sold land to the railroad. Mr. Shaft platted the village site and built the first hotel. On January 19, 1880, Newton Bacon, a dry goods merchant, became the postmaster of Shaftsburgh. The spelling was changed to Shaftsburg on May 23, 1891.

A railroad agent was assigned to the Shaftsburg station until 1930, when the station was operated as a pre-paid station.

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