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The village of Stevensville is in Lincoln Township, Berrien County, in the southwestern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Lake Michigan is less than a mile away.

I-94 runs roughly north-south through the western part of the village, while Red Arrow Highway parallels it to the east. Other routes to and from Stevensville include Stevensville-Baroda Road, John Beers Road, Jericho Road, Ridge Road, and Demorrow Road, which forms the village's eastern boundary.

Cities and villages within twenty-five miles of Stevensville include Shoreham, Baroda, Bridgman, St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, Berrien Springs, Galien, Eau Claire, Three Oaks, Coloma, Buchanan, Watervliet, New Buffalo, Niles, Hartford, Grand Beach, and Michiana, while the unincorporated communities of Hollywood and Buckhorn are within ten miles.

The village is named for Thomas L. Stevens, who purchased 160 acres just south of St. Joseph in 1869. He contributed a portion of his land to the Chicago and West Michigan Lake Shore (Pere Marquette) Railroad in exchange for having a railroad depot established there. Operating between New Buffalo and St. Joseph, the line transported fruit, the area's largest industry, which greatly enhanced the community's economy.

In 1870, Mr. Stevens laid out a village plat, which was recorded at the Berrien County Court House in Berrien Springs on April 3, 1872, and the village was named for him. Later, A.D. Brown platted an additional area to the village. A post office was established on May 2, 1872, with James Dunham as postmaster. Stevensville was incorporated as a village in 1893.

In 1869, John S. Beers came to Berrien County from New Jersey to become a fruit farmer. A few years later, he married Eliza Jane Hess, daughter of Drs. Hiram and Matilda Hess, and the couple settled in Stevensville. When his crop failed, he enrolled in medical school. After graduation, he returned to Stevensville and set up a medical practice, eventually moving to the farm of Dr. Matilda Hess, who was widowed by then. The farm was along what is now known as John Beers Road.

By 1878, Stevensville has a gristmill, a hotel, a few stores, and other commercial businesses, as well as a couple of churches and a few dozen homes.

In the early part of the 20th century, Stevensville experienced two large fires, both of which nearly destroyed the village. On the strength of its importance to surrounding agricultural industries, it was quickly rebuilt.

The Stevensville area has a long history of growing cranberries, particularly in the bogs along the Grand Mere Lakes. Until 1933, a large shed on the northwest corner of John Beers Road and St. Joseph Avenue was used for cranberry packing, storage, and loading onto railcars. Today, cranberries still grow wild in Grand Mere State Park, and cranberry themes are common in Stevensville.

Stevensville's peak population was 1,268 in 1980. Since then, it has decreased slightly to 1,147 in 2020.

The total land area of Stevensville is 665 acres, of which nearly 200 acres are wooded, much of this along the bluffs between Red Arrow Highway and I-94, along Hickory Creek, and surrounding homes along Wildwood Lane.

Stevensville receives police and fire services from Lincoln Charter Township, while EMS services are provided through Community Emergency Service, a municipal corporation owned by sixteen municipalities in Berrien and Van Buren counties. Its Medic 1 ambulance services are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services.

A K-12 public school curriculum is provided by the Lakeshore School District, which serves Stevensville and Baroda. Additionally, Christ Lutheran Church and St. Paul's Lutheran Church both offer a PK-8 curriculum.

The focal point of this portion of our guide is the village of Stevensville, Michigan. Online resources for the village, any other governmental entities within the village, and local businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, entertainment venues, and recreational opportunities, are appropriate for this category.


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