Historic Preservation

Washtenaw County's historic preservation program is dedicated to supporting local historic districts, spurring heritage tourism, and attracting investment in our historic resources. It is Michigan's only county-wide Certified Local Government - providing access to additional economic development resources.

Program Overview

The Washtenaw County Historic Preservation Program is housed within Washtenaw County's Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED). The program includes the Washtenaw County Historic District Commission and its staff. Preservation projects span nearly three decades of identification, documentation, and analysis. 

Several projects have been partially funded by grants provided by the State Historic Preservation Office's CLG grant program, including public workshops, heritage tours, site-based projects in Chelsea, Dexter, and Ann Arbor; the HistWeb project (2002 to present), and the Washtenaw County Thematic Survey (1996-1997). 

Learn more about historic preservation, the Historic District Commission, and our efforts to preserve local history.

Historic District Commission


Historic Districts & Markers

House and Trees

Heritage Tourism

Willow Run

The Commission oversees the County's local historic districts and promotes a culture of historic preservation.

Washtenaw County has 15 local historic districts, including one room schoolhouses, historic homes, farmsteads, and more.

Heritage Tourism is an important part of our County's economic vitality. These seven self-guided tours celebrate and highlight a variety of historic and cultural resources.

History of Washtenaw County

Red Barn

Historic Resource Database

Small House

Historic Preservation Basics

Big House

Learn more about the history of Washtenaw County, which was formally established January 1, 1827.

You are invited to explore the historic resources of Washtenaw County using HistWeb, our online mapping interface.

Learn more about designation options for local historic resources.

Additional Information

For more information, Email Melinda Schmidt, Historic Preservation Specialist or call (734) 544-2954.

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