||Manchester is a village in Washtenaw County, Michigan, situated on the River Raisin, founded in 1833 and named after Manchester, England. The community grew up around the river’s water power and historic Mill Pond. It is a small, closely-knit community, which provides opportunities for leisure time involvement in organizations, churches, and schools. It provides cultural resources for residents of the adjacent rural townships. The Village is a full service center and not a suburb. Its geographical position has thus far saved it from the pressures of rapid urbanization and encourages self-sufficiency even in recreational pursuits. However, the Village is within driving distance of a variety of cultural events in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Adrian, Jackson, and of programs at two universities and several colleges.
Manchester has four parks and the Leonard Preserve that offer beautiful settings for gatherings or walking. Downtown provides unique family restaurants, arts, antiques and gifts. The Italianate architecture preserves the charm of 19th century America, and includes several historic churches and homes.
Community-wide festivities are still a dominant theme in Village life including the reknowned Manchester Chicken Broil, the canoe and boat race in May, Memorial Day parade, the Community Fair, Fourth of July celebration, gazebo concerts, Riverfolk Festival, Sportsman’s Club activities/events, and numerous other community, club, school and church events.
Manchester schools offer excellent performing arts center, gym, weight room, media center, telecommunications lab, as well as many academic resources including Smartboards, projectors, computer labs, and recently our one to one iPad roll out for each student. They strive to provide a secure, challenging learning environment which will empower all students to achieve their greatest potential.
||Single family residential land uses are the primary land use in the Village. The newest single family residences are located north of the River Raisin and west of Ann Arbor Road, and to the south of Territorial Road. The most recent large scale housing development is Manchester Woods in the northeast corner of the Village. Beginning in 2003, the Emerald Glen residential development, consisting of over one hundred (100) single family homes, will be developed south of Carr Park with access to Sanborn Road and Territorial Road. The older Village residences are found in the blocks defined by the original Village plat. These units are found to the north and south of Main Street and east and west of Main Street, near the Village core.