Tecumseh's rich historic culture is evident in the historical buildings and facades throughout the community. Beautiful architectural features are highlighted on homes and historic buildings. Stroll through the downtown at a pace that moves only as fast as you want it to and look up... notice the window details, each building is unique and beautiful. 

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Founded in 1824
As one of the original Michigan territory colonies, Tecumseh was first home to settlers from Jefferson County, New York, in 1824 when a community log cabin was built upon the riverbank. This group of less than 30 were the first true residents of what we now know as Tecumseh. As more pioneers came to the area, the city grew, with the Territorial Legislature marking Tecumseh as the county seat of Lenawee until 1838.

Native American History
Michigan's ties to Native American culture are a cornerstone of the state's identity as a whole. The name Michigan itself is a form of the Ojibwe word "mishigamaa" meaning "large water" in reference to the beautiful lakes accessible from all corners of the state. The city of Tecumseh was named after the great Shawnee Native American Chief Tecumseh, who died just a decade before the establishing of our city. Many believe that Tecumseh himself had visited the eponymous city in the years prior to his death at the Battle of Thames.

Known as the Dancing Grounds, the Tecumseh area was a critical crossroads used for Native American tribes. In addition to the dense population in the area, these tribes would travel through the region to move in all directions. As Tecumseh grew and infrastructure was built, the streets continued to be named after Native American groups which you can still find today.

Underground Railroad
Michigan as a state was a critical part of this pivotol freedom network due to its borders with Canada. The population in Tecumseh, and Lenawee County in general, were catalysts to the movement in Michigan, setting the standard for support against slavery in the region.

Many homes in Tecumseh are stated to have history tied to the Underground Railroad, with tunnels and secret passages to facilitate safe movement for escaping slaves on their search for freedom. From the Beardsley House to the Hamilton House and others, Tecumseh is full of stories about its history and ties to the Underground Railroad network.