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.
The county’s largest lake is eight-mile-long Crystal Lake, located just inland from Lake Michigan.
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.
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.
The village of Honor (pop. 328) is the home of the Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theater – the only remaining drive-in in northern Michigan.
Frankfort (pop. 1,286), on Lake Michigan, is the largest city in Benzie County.
The Frankfort Land Company House (1867) is now the Stonewall Inn Bed and Breakfast.
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