Michigan: Benzie County

Benzie County (pop. 17,525) is south of Leelanau County. It’s the only Benzie County in the U.S.

The county has 60 miles of Lake Michigan coastline and 57 inland lakes.

And part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore

The county’s largest lake is eight-mile-long Crystal Lake, located just inland from Lake Michigan.

Known for its clear water

The county seat of Benzie County is the village of Beulah (pop. 342), second-smallest county seat in Michigan.

Benzie County’s first courthouse was originally built as a hotel in 1912; it was converted into a courthouse in 1916 and served in that role until 1976.

A new courthouse was built in the 1970s.

The Cherry Hut in Beulah has been a popular stop for visitors since 1937. It is well-known for its cherry pies and other cherry products.

It started as a roadside pie stand in 1922.

The village of Honor (pop. 328) is the home of the Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theater – the only remaining drive-in in northern Michigan.

It opened in 1953.

Frankfort (pop. 1,286), on Lake Michigan, is the largest city in Benzie County.

Frankfort North Breakwater Lighthouse (1912)

The Frankfort Land Company House (1867) is now the Stonewall Inn Bed and Breakfast.

Built in the Italianate style

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2 comments on “Michigan: Benzie County

  1. lois grunwald says:

    What a beautiful lighthouse! The courthouse that was previously a hotel: definitely haunted. As is the Stonewall B&B. Just has that look 🙂 I’m going to have to visit this county just for the Cherry Hut. Anything that specializes in cherry pie (from 1922 no less) is on my radar.

  2. John Dodds says:

    I feel like this county should have a large cherry pie tin!

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