Howell's history can be traced back to its humble beginnings as a small settlement established at the crossroads of the Toledo, Ann Arbor, and Northern Railroads. The rail line was used to transport passengers and freight to neighboring cities. Residents can still visit the original train depot, which has since become a history museum where residents will find a replica of an 1890s general store, as well as the original station master's office. Discover historical artifacts from WWI and WWII as you immerse yourself in both local and national history and reflect on how far we have come.
There is no better way to support your city than opting to shop locally. When you could use a great day of retail therapy, take a trip to Downtown Howell to find over 40 unique, locally-owned shops and services located in the heart of the historical district. Pick up the perfect piece to add to your home decor at Carriage House Designs, where you will find all kinds of cute knick-knacks, garden accessories, gifts, and more. Head down to Razzmatazz Toys for whimsical children's toys that inspire open-ended play and imagination. No matter what you need, you will find it in Downtown Howell.
Festivals and Fun
One of the biggest draws to the city is their penchant for throwing the best celebrations you will ever find. The most popular event is the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest, where attendees can enjoy the magic of watching hot air balloons launch into the skies and drift gracefully over the breathtaking Michigan scenery. When the leaves begin to change, you will not want to miss out on Legend of Sleepy Howell, full of fun Halloween activities such as the Headless Horseman 5K/10K Run, trick-or-treating, hay mazes, and live entertainment. The festival is sponsored by local companies, making it a great way to support your town.