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The unincorporated community of Sodus is the only named community in Sodus Township, Berrien County, in the southwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan.

Although the community is located in the northeast portion of the township, the township is small so anything within the township can be considered to be in Sodus.

Except for a small portion in the northwest, where the township's western boundary is M-139, most of its western, as well as its southern boundary, is formed by the St. Joseph River.

On the other side of the river is Royalton Township. Sodus Township shares a short western border with the unincorporated community of Fair Plain in Benton Charter Township, north of the St. Joseph River. Benton Township is also its northern neighbor, with Brainbridge Township to the northeast, Pipestone Township to the east, Berrien Township to the southeast, and Oronoko Charter Township to the south.

A new portion of US-31 rerouted the highway through Sodus Township, while I-94 crosses the northwest corner of the township, within the Sodus community.

Incorporated cities and villages within twenty-five miles of Sodus include Eau Claire, Benton Harbor, Berrien Springs, St. Joseph, Stevensville, Shoreham, Coloma, Baroda, Watervliet, Dowagiac, Niles, Buchanan, Bridgman, Hartford, Cassopolis, and Galien, while the unincorporated communities of Fair Plain, Spinks Corners, Millburg, Benton Heights, Hollywood, and Buckhorn are within ten miles.

From 1891 to 1990, the Tabor Farm Summer Resort was a large resort along the St. Joseph River in Sodus Township, but it closed in 1990. In the past, the township has had others, but the only retail establishment currently in operation in the township is one of several GreenMark Equipment branches, a John Deere dealership on Tabor Road.

It is likely that the first European-American business in Sodus was a sawmill built by James LaRue, a New Jersey native. He purchased land around the river to power his mill in 1835. The first permanent settlers, however, were two brothers, William and David Rector, who also came in 1835. The Rectors named the new community for Sodus, New York, where they had come from.

A flour mill was built along Pipestone Creek by Joab Enos in 1853. In 1891, Ernest Tabor established Tabor Farm Summer Resort on the banks of the river. Open during the summer months, it hosted reunions, conventions, and banquets. From 1961 to 1983, the resort was owned and operated by Alma and Valdas Adamkus, who later became President of Lithuania.

A post office was established on April 13, 1892, with Francis Finnegan as postmaster.

In this portion of our guide, we are focused on the community of Sodus, Michigan, although resources from anywhere in Sodus Township are appropriate for this category, including the official township website and any businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, recreational opportunities, and informational resources.



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