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Stepping Back In Time to Explore Ann Arbor's Kerrytown District

By Elisha Neubauer

Hidden away in Ann Arbor, you'll find a stunning little historic gem called the Kerrytown District. The district was named after Ireland's County Kerry, and possesses buildings dating back as far as 1874- creating a stepping stone into days past for those who opt to visit in today's age. With its tree-lined streets, quaint shops, and beautiful facades, you'll want to explore every inch of this adorable little community.

"The Kerrytown District is located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, just north of Main Street," explains Karen Farmer, Manager of the Kerrytown Market & Shops. "Brick-lined streets, residents, and local businesses make up the district." According to Farmer, the Kerrytown Shops were a part of the original village of Ann Arbor but were converted into markets and shops in the late 1960s.

"These historically old buildings have been meticulously maintained to preserve the timeless appeal of their brick and exposed beams," she points out. "Today, the neighborhood is home to several other Ann Arbor attractions, including Zingerman's Deli, the Ann Arbor Farmers' Market, Kerrytown Concert House, Braun Court, the Ann Arbor Artisans' Market, antique stores and more."

Ann Arbor's Farmer's Market is currently held in the Kerrytown District, rain or shine, on Wednesdays, from May until December, and Saturdays, year round. The Farmer's Market is filled with events, giving the concept behind the market quite an edge. "The first Wednesday evening of the months of May through September, the Farmers Market has a Food Truck Rally, with several local food truck vendors, music and farmers," announces Farmer. "On Sundays, from May until December, you'll find the Sunday Artisan Market, featuring local and regional artists selling their wares."

For those looking to explore the historic aspect of the Kerrytown District, there's plenty to do these, as well. The Market & Shops located in the Kerrytown District are crafted from three old buildings, all original construction, which date back to 1874. They once originally housed the Luick Lumber Company, Godfrey Moving and Storage, and the Grain and Feed Store.

"Inside Kerrytown Market & Shops, there is a bell tower with 17 bells (not quite a carillon) which is open to the public on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 pm until 12:30 pm, and on Saturdays from 10:30 am until 11:00 am year round," Farmer tells us. "Just down the street from Kerrytown Market & Shops, you'll find an array of more local shops, a tea house, and the Children's Hands on Museum."

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