A Vibrant DowntownDowntown Tecumseh is a celebration of the entrepreneur. Tucked inside historic buildings, you'll find an interesting mix of more than 110 specialty shops, professional services, boutiques and dining options. Shopping plazas at the north and west ends of town round out a full selection of additional restaurants, retailers, services and groceries. In addition to retail shopping districts, Tecumseh is home to manufacturing and industrial firms.
Exceptional Quality of LifeIn Tecumseh we value our high quality of life! Our Parks and Recreation Department boasts over 360 acres of parks and trails throughout the city. You can pack a picnic and enjoy an outdoor concert during the summer or play a round of championship golf! The Tecumseh Center for the Arts, Cabela’s, Michigan International Speedway and Michigan State University’s Hidden Lake Gardens all provide inviting recreational opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy.
world class education Excellent educational facilities are provided through the Tecumseh Public Schools and the Lenawee Intermediate School District (LISD). The LISD and Tecumseh’s Southern Michigan Center for Science and Industry can tailor industry-specific programs to focus on the needs of area businesses. The area’s access to major universities, including the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Siena Heights University and Adrian College, have long provided the backdrop for innovation and talent in the Tecumseh area. This expert workforce is backed by a strong commitment to education and workforce development from Michigan Works! SouthEast and the State of Michigan.
diverse and affordable housing options Tecumseh also offers a wide range of housing options. Charming bungalows, nationally registered historic homes and modern neighborhoods provide many options in single family housing. Rather not mow the lawn? A wonderful selection of apartments, condominiums and downtown lofts will give you more time to work on your golf swing. Successful businesses locate in areas like Tecumseh where talented workers want to live. Come see for yourself why global manufacturers such as Kirchhoff Automotive, Glycon, Ervin Technologies, Wacker Chemical, Comstar Automotive and Uniloy Milacron call the Tecumseh area home.
Our City's HistoryThe boundaries of Lenawee County were laid out by a proclamation of the Territorial Governor, Lewis Cass on September 10, 1822. Lenawee remained attached to Monroe County, out of which it was formed, until an act of the Territorial Legislature passed on December 26, 1826, organized the county government. The first settlement in the county was made two years earlier, on May 21, 1824, in Tecumseh. The settlers, consisting of fifteen men, eleven women, and six children, all came from Jefferson County, New York. In 1823, Musgrove Evans had located the land and persuaded General Joseph W. Brown and the others to move to the site.
Brown and Evans, along with Austin Eli Wing purchased land there and platted the village of Tecumseh in 1824. These founders appealed to Governor Cass to locate the county seat of Lenawee at Tecumseh. This was accomplished by an act of the Territorial Legislature on June 30, 1824, even though county government would not be organized for another year and a half. Tecumseh would remain the county seat until 1838, when it was transferred to Adrian. The Township of Tecumseh was organized on April 12, 1837, initially encompassing the entire northern third of the county.
In addition to a role in the early years of the state, some interesting historical facts are associated with our town. For example:
- It is the site of the first house built in Lenawee County (by Musgrove Evans).
- Tecumseh is the burial site of General Custer's horse. In his will, the General bequeathed his horse to a friend that resided in Tecumseh.
- For a time, Tecumseh had the most millionaires per capita of any city in the United States. This is mainly due to Tecumseh Products, an extremely successful local company.