Taylor’s 175th anniversary will be celebrated during an afternoon to remember from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, in Heritage Park. Beaumont Health is the premier sponsor of the event, which is open to everyone. Admission is free.
Taylor was founded as a township on March 16, 1847. Taylor Township incorporated as the City of Taylor in 1968. The year 2022 is the 175th anniversary of the founding of Taylor.
According to the last census, Taylor is the 17th largest community in the State of Michigan. Members of the Taylor Historical Commission and Taylor Historical Society – partnering with City of Taylor officials – feel it is important to have a significant series of events to recognize the history of our community.
A special ceremony commemorating the 175th will take place at 12:30 p.m. at the Gazebo in Heritage Park, Taylor Mayor Tim Woolley, a Beaumont official and other dignitaries will address the crowd. An anniversary cake will be served.
Special events are scheduled throughout the year to recognize the 175th anniversary of the founding of Taylor, culminating with the community-wide day on August 6 at Heritage Park – known as the “jewel of the city.” The park is located at 12111 Pardee Road.
Most of the festivities will take place in the park’s historic village surrounding Coan Lake or in the parking lot in front of the Sheridan Center Open-Air Pavilion. Volunteers are welcome. Here is a partial list of attractions:
Taylor Schools Onward and Upward: Stop by the Taylor School District tent to talk with members of the district to learn where the school system is now and where the schools are headed. District officials are excited about the approved bond that will fund a new high school and improve other areas of the district; expanding programming to give students the tools they need to succeed; and being the first district in Wayne County with the SmartBoot lockdown system. For more information, visit taylorschools.net.
Remember with the Taylor Schools Alumni: The Taylor Alumni Association will have memorabilia from all three former high schools (Taylor Center, John F. Kennedy and Harry S Truman) and also from the current Taylor High School. There will be storyboards from former and current junior high and elementary schools, too.
That’s Entertainment! The Floral City Harmonizers will perform at 1 p.m. August 6 in the Gazebo next to Coan Lake. The group of a ‘Capella chorus singers from Monroe sing four-part harmony barbershop style. They have been entertaining for more than 50 years. The Silver Strings Dulcimer Society will perform at 3 p.m. The talented musicians play a variety of acoustic instruments and Hammered Dulcimers. DJ Chris of Taylor will lend his talent and skills to the day’s festivities.
Learn About Trains: T.J. Gaffney from Streamline Historic Services will talk about the renovations that are happening to the two train cars located in Heritage Park. He will be on hand from noon to 2 p.m. August 6, sharing his knowledge about the trains and his love of the railroad industry.
Classic Car Show: Decades ago, many people moved to Taylor Township for jobs in the expanding Detroit auto industry. To tie in with our history, classic car owners are invited to participate in a car show from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 6, in the parking lot in front of the Sheridan Center Open-Air Pavilion. Enter the Heritage Park campus at the Pardee Road entrance and check in. Admission is free. Classic car show enthusiast and talented artist Shaggy LeBlanc of Taylor is organizing the show and is creating trophies to award to the winners. Follow Shaggy on Facebook for more details. Of course, park visitors are encouraged to stroll over and get a close-up look of the great selection of classic cars the day of the show.
Free Admission to the Petting Farm: The Heritage Park Petting Farm turns 20 years old on August 3, 2022. To celebrate the anniversary, admission to the Petting Farm will be free for residents from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 6. The farm is located on the northeast corner of Pardee and Northline roads. To take advantage of the free admission, visitors are asked to enter the farm from Heritage Park. The Petting Farm was created to pay homage to Taylor’s rich farming history and has grown to a year-round tourist attraction that welcomes more than 20,000 visitors annually.
Discount Admission to Splash Pad: Children and families can visit the Splash Pad at Heritage Park and enjoy a special discounted rate of $1.75 per person to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Taylor.
Check Out the Taylor Library: The Taylor Community Library looks forward to showcasing some of its history at the 175th anniversary celebration of Taylor. The library has provided books for avid Taylor readers for more than 100 years. At the celebration, the library will host a table showing some important vintage moments and will provide activities the whole family can enjoy, such as crafts. History will be highlighted inside the library as well. The library staff invites everyone to visit the library this summer and make connections past and present.
In the “Township Tent”: A number of special attractions will be under the Township Tent during the five hours of August 6. Taylor City Clerk Cindy Bower will feature storyboards and artifacts from the community. She also will register voters for the upcoming November election. There will be a quilt raffle for two vintage handmade quilts donated by a long-time resident to the Historical Society.
Visit Taylor’s Historical Buildings in the Park: The historical buildings located near the Coan Lake portion of Heritage Park will be open the day of the 175th anniversary celebration on August 6. A sports memorabilia display is now set up at the Knope Farmhouse, which is home to the Taylor Historical Museum. There is a new display in the Town Hall, home of the gift shop featuring historical Taylor items.
Free Marigold Seeds from the Garden Club: The Taylor Garden Club members will distribute Marigold seeds along with a flier explaining that the Marigold is the official flower of the City of Taylor. Club members will be available outside the historic Log Cabin in Heritage Park to answer gardening questions about the club’s native plant garden located in the park and why it is important to “go native in Michigan.”
Community Garden in Bloom: The Taylor Community Garden in Heritage Park will be in full bloom and visitors will be encouraged to tour the garden and learn about the plants and vegetables that grow there.
Legacy Art Project: Members of the community are invited to the Cascardo Art Action Experience, which is a mural that will hang in a place of prominence in Taylor. Attendees will be invited to share their artistic talents by helping to complete the art piece. More details to follow.
Thank You, Taylor Business Owners! Taylor businesses have donated gift cards that will be available in a free raffle for anyone stopping by the Cemetery Tent in the Coan Lake Historic Village. Business owners can still donate a gift card, gift certificate or another prize by sending an email to email@example.com. Organizers of the 175th anniversary celebration thank Beaumont Health for serving as the premier sponsor.
Food and Drinks: Refreshments, food and drinks will be available for purchase from Norman’s Catering and Maggie’s Sweet Shoppe. Free water will be available thanks to donations by Walmart and Total Community Credit Union.
In Case of Rain: If inclement weather hits Heritage Park on August 6, activities will move to the Sheridan Center Open-Air Pavilion. Plans call for the historic buildings in the park to be open rain or shine.
Cemetery Tours: At noon Sunday, August 7, Taylor residents and visitors are invited to experience at no cost a guided tour through Goldenridge Cemetery – Taylor’s oldest cemetery, established in 1840. Local history enthusiasts will share historical facts and stories of Taylor’s earliest settlers, including the names Coan, Lange, Henry McDonald (Gettysburg), Putzig, Schonscheck, Sutliffs, Wackrow and others.
More, More, More: There will be many, many more family-friendly activities at the 175th anniversary celebration. Visit the Town Hall Tent to pick up a list of more than 60 “things to do” that day. Follow the Taylor Michigan Historical Society site on Facebook, visit the Historical Society website at http://taylormichiganhistoricalsociety.org or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch for preview photos and a follow-up photo gallery on the Facebook page Heritage Park Photo of the Day.