News & Events
The Homer Historical Society’s 19th annual vintage car and truck show will be Sunday, July 28 at Blair Historical Farm, 26441 M-60 East, one-mile east of Homer. All makes, models and years of cars and trucks can be shown. Registration will be from 9 a.m. until noon with a $10 registration fee for each vehicle. Admission is free for spectators not exhibiting a vehicle.
Goodie bags will be given to the first 50 entrants, and dash plaques will be given to the first 100. Trophies will be awarded to the top 20 cars and Best in Show. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m.
The event has something for everyone including food available on site, 50-50 drawings, and oldies music. Craft show and swap meet merchants are welcome.
The Blair Farm’s historic house, old Albion town hall, and the new, large farm equipment barn along with other areas will be open to visitors. It’s a great place to spend a shady Sunday afternoon and travel back in time with the vintage vehicles on display.
For more car show information, contact the Homer Historical Society at 517-568-3278.
More information about the Homer Historical Society is available on its web site: www.homerhistoricalsociety.org.
This is to remind everyone that the Homer Village Master Plan is available for review and input on the Village’s website (www.homermichigan.org) or hard copy in the office.
This is your plan that will direct how Homer Village will move forward. Please use this time to review the plan and submit comments to the Village before the April 11 Planning Commission’s Public Hearing. If approved at that meeting the Master Plan will be submitted to the Village Council for implementation at the May 6, 2019 meeting. Any questions, please call the Homer Village office at 517-568-4321.
No person shall park a vehicle on any of the public streets, alleys, and/or easements of the Village between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. at any time, unless otherwise posted.
For those residents that have issues with pipes freezing, keep a pencil lead stream of water running in your faucet to keep the water flowing through your service lines so your pipes do not freeze.
To assist the Village of Homer’s DPW in keeping our streets clean, please note the following Parking Ordinance stating that there is no parking between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. all year.
The Village of Homer: A Brief History
The Village of Homer was incorporated in 1871, but its rich history dates back to the hardy pioneers who settled here. Powel Grover, William Wintersteen and two brothers, Richard and Henry McMurtrie, were the first pioneers to come to Homer. It was mid-April 1832, and they walked all the way from Luzerne County, Pennsylvania to settle on land three miles east of the area that later became the Village of Homer.
Milton Barney arrived from Lyons, New York later in 1832, purchased land along the Kalamazoo River, and the next year brought his family to the area where he had built a log house, a store and a small sawmill using waterpower from the river. He built the first hotel, served as the first postmaster, and started the state? first wildcat bank. This cluster of buildings was the beginning of Barneyville, the village? original name that was changed to Homer in 1834 because James Hopkins and others from Homer, Cortland County, New York wanted the area named after their previous home.
From the beginning, Homer has had a proud history of innovation in agriculture, business and industry, education and community development. Its services and infrastructure have evolved to meet the needs of area residents now and in the future. The sign on the village water tower proclaiming Homer Is Home reflects the spirit and commitment of the community.