Points of Interest

  • County Courthouse: Lying directly in the center of town, the iconic County Courthouse that stands today was built in the years 1902-1904, the third of its kind. It stands as a figure point for many of the events held in the center of town, such as the annual Relay for Life. Listed as a historical site, court functions are still held there, though most functions are held in Lansing today.

    Ingham County Courthouse. Photo by Michael Beck, utilized under Creative Commons, all rights reserved to original creator.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrbeck/6906269368/in/photostream/

    Ingham County Courthouse. Photo by Michael Beck, utilized under Creative Commons, all rights reserved to original creator. https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrbeck/6906269368/in/photostream/

  • Mason Historical Museum: A tucked away Museum in the heart of Mason. Limited hours, but perhaps the best resource for anyone wishing to know more about Mason and the surrounding area as a whole. For information about the museum and the local Mason Area Historical Society, visit http://www.masonmuseum.org/Home.html

    Mason Historical Society and Museum

    Mason Historical Society and Museum

  • Ingham County Fairgrounds: Perhaps one of the most popular sites for both Mason and Ingham county festivals, the county fairgrounds lie just outside of the center of Mason. Throughout the year, various events, shows, and displays are held here, such as the Fourth of July Fireworks show, monthly conventions of all sorts, and of course, the annual county fair. For more info and list of events, please visit http://fb.ingham.org/Home.aspx

    Photo by Larry Hook, all rights reserved.

    Photo by Larry Hook of MLIVE.com, all rights reserved.

  • Mason Antiques District: An area within Mason that is unknown to many people (this local himself included), the Mason Antiques District retains the appearance of an older Mason, with a wide array of old fashioned shops and cobblestone streets. As the name suggests, it is the site of an active antiques industry, and is a must see for folks searching for some obscure object or furniture piece. More information can be found at http://masonantiques.net/map2013
  • City Limits: Odds are, whether or not someone knows Mason, they do know about this establishment. A combination of bar/restaurant/bowling alley/volleyball avenue, City Limits lies, as the name suggests, on the outskirts of Mason (although City Limits has a location in East Lansing as well), next to highway US127. It is a lively place in Mason, and in my personal view, is always jam-packed. For more information, please visit http://www.mycitylimits.com/index.phpp2202d
  • Mason Depot Diner:  A local favorite, though unknown perhaps to some (my own mother had never visited it in the 20+ some years living in Mason).  As anyone whose visited Mason before realizes, Mason was as much a train town as it is an auto town today.  The Michigan Central Depot in Mason (built in 1902) played part in servicing the countless trains that traveled through. 
    1908 picture of the Mason Central Depot [Mark Warrel Collection]  www.michiganrailroads.com

    1908 picture of the Mason Central Depot [Mark Warrel Collection] www.michiganrailroads.com

    As the use of trains died down, the depot sat unused for decades before being restored and turned into a restaurant.
    Courtesy of the Mason Depot Restaurant Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MasonDepotDiner

    Courtesy of the Mason Depot Restaurant Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MasonDepotDiner

    A remarkable place, it is not like many other eating establishments locally.  It does not serve Dinner, nor is it open during most of the day.  It is primarily a cash only business, so no credit cards.  Despite all this, it is perhaps the most down to earth places I have experienced in my life.  One often hears eating establishments talk about fresh ingredients, but at the Mason Depot Diner, you can tell that rings true.  The atmosphere is lively, and the place remains in Mason residents’ hearts as perhaps the greatest symbol of their hospitality and penchant for cooking wholesome meals.

  • Kean’s:
    Curtsey of http://www.lansingsports.org/listings/The-Kean-s-Store-Company/2254/399/

    Curtsey of http://www.lansingsports.org/listings/The-Kean-s-Store-Company/2254/399/

    Perhaps one of the most iconic shops in Mason.  Founded in 1928 and originally known as Kean’s Five & Dime, Kean’s today remains Mason’s oldest continuous business.  Situated on Jefferson Street, the store today, from its humble beginnings, has expanded to a size almost spell bounding when you walk inside.  With one’s first step through, a large array of candies confront you.

    Photo curtsey of Franklin Campbell, all rights reserved. http://jfcampbell.us/masonmi/2012/2012_09_06.htm

    Photo curtsey of Franklin Campbell, all rights reserved. http://jfcampbell.us/masonmi/2012/2012_09_06.htm

    On the first floor, one finds every sort of craft material available, along with homemade goods and jewelry.  Having a partnership with Hallmark, Kean’s offers a large assortment of cards as well.  For children though, the lower floor/basement of Kean’s is perhaps the grandest place besides the candy, for this floor contains a wide assortment of toys.  To learn more about Kean’s, please visit  http://www.keansstore.com/

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