Irish Hills Historical Society

Irish Hills Historical Society The Irish Hills Historical Society is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the Irish Hills area of Michigan. The Irish Hills Historical Society is a 501(c)3 organization.
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Irish Hills Historical Society Board of Directors - Donna Boglarsky - President - Kelly Flaherty - Vice-President - Christine Nass - Secretary - Candi Ehinger - Treasurer - Liz Bouts - Sharon Gibbs - Fr. Russ Kohler

Mission: We will restore and reopen the Irish Hills towers, including an Irish Hills museum, that will respectfully preserve and display articles, pictures and stories describing the history of the Irish Hills for the enjoyment of those who lived that history, as well as youth, newcomers and future generations. - Restore the Towers - Establish an area historical museum - Maintain an interactive and interesting website - Create renewed interest for tourists - Educate our youth about local history

Operating as usual

Irish Hills Towers
10/10/2020

Irish Hills Towers

Just a small share of our gorgeous fall colors!!!!🌞🌞 Wish you could see it for yourselves

Irish Hills Towers
05/10/2020

Irish Hills Towers

Greetings on this wonderful Mother's Day.

Irish Hills Towers
04/19/2020

Irish Hills Towers

Spring is in the air!!!! Hope it sticks around. Stay safe and healthy everyone!!!

Irish Hills Towers
03/21/2020

Irish Hills Towers

Overcast and cold on this first Saturday of spring but still looking good!! Hope we all continue to stay strong in these uncertain times.

02/16/2020
1930's Irish Hills Michigan- Public Domain

Thank you Joe Daugherty!

A home made movie taken ca.1930's of the Irish Hills towers and surrounding area in Lenawee county Michigan. A fantastic view from the tower showing U.S 12 a...

Irish Hills Towers
06/02/2019

Irish Hills Towers

Irish Hills Towers
06/02/2019

Irish Hills Towers

Look how nice we look thanks to mowing crew from Noel Service and Valley Resort!!!!

It's a new year. What will it hold for us?
01/07/2019

It's a new year. What will it hold for us?

Irish Hills Towers
09/17/2018

Irish Hills Towers

This evening at 9.

Irish Hills Towers
09/16/2018

Irish Hills Towers

Same day same view 3 hours later

Irish Hills Towers
09/16/2018

Irish Hills Towers

Saturday the 15th 9:30 a.m.

Irish Hills Towers
09/14/2018

Irish Hills Towers

What a difference a day makes!!!! But no the towers are not open, the golf course and Valley Resort are.

Irish Hills Towers
09/13/2018

Irish Hills Towers

Keep watching!!!!!

Irish Hills Towers
09/13/2018

Irish Hills Towers

There is a crew working on clearing some overgrowth on the miniature golf course today. It already makes a huge difference. Can't wait to see it by tomorrow afternoon. Thanks to Ron and Jason.

Irish Hills Towers
09/01/2018

Irish Hills Towers

The roof repairs are complete. As usual, it was more work than anticipated. Thank you Braman Roofing and crew.

Irish Hills Towers
08/28/2018

Irish Hills Towers

Repairs on the east tower are complete. Now on to the west tower.

Irish Hills Towers
08/22/2018

Irish Hills Towers

The wind today was quite a challenge to raise the materials.

Irish Hills Towers
08/15/2018

Irish Hills Towers

The crew is preparing to do some needed roof work. It would be great if we were creating the observation decks but unfortunately that's not in the plans at this time.

Irish Hills Towers
05/27/2018

Irish Hills Towers

Happy spring!!!

The Original Irish Hills Restaurant and Hotel, real photo postcard, year ? This building was located just to the east of...
03/21/2018

The Original Irish Hills Restaurant and Hotel, real photo postcard, year ? This building was located just to the east of the Irish Hills Towers.

How about that sky???
11/08/2017

How about that sky???

Sunrise in the Irish Hills.
10/22/2017

Sunrise in the Irish Hills.

Irish Hills Towers
10/17/2017

Irish Hills Towers

We are standing tall.

Irish Hills Towers
10/14/2017

Irish Hills Towers

Those last two windows are finally done. They were a real challenge.

Irish Hills Towers
10/14/2017

Irish Hills Towers

Two windows were just out of reach to finish framing today but all else is done.

Irish Hills Towers
10/14/2017

Irish Hills Towers

Things are really moving along. We are fairly confident that the exterior work will be done today.

Irish Hills Towers
10/12/2017

Irish Hills Towers

The East tower is almost done. Trimming around the windows is all that's left.

Irish Hills Towers
10/12/2017

Irish Hills Towers

The crew couldn't work today but this is how we looked at the end of Tuesday.

Irish Hills Towers
10/10/2017

Irish Hills Towers

Lunch break.

Irish Hills Towers
10/10/2017

Irish Hills Towers

The lift has arrived!!!

Irish Hills Towers
10/06/2017

Irish Hills Towers

We are really looking good. The lift will be here Tuesday morning so we can finish the exterior work.

Irish Hills Towers
10/05/2017

Irish Hills Towers

Our new crew is doing some framing to make things pretty.

Address

8433 US Highway 12
Onsted, MI
49265

General information

About the Irish Hills Towers: Originally built in 1924, the Towers are a landmark of the area and reminder of the past. The first Tower was built by the Michigan Observation Company, 50 feet tall and right up to the property line at the peak of the hill. The second Tower was built by Edward Kelly at a height of 60ft. Thus began a building competition that ended with the Towers remaining at 64ft. The competition for the tourist trade had only just begun. The Towers remained under separate ownership until 1955 when Frank Lamping bought both the second Tower. He later joined them at the base for the first time, ending the tourist competition. In the 1960s, the tops of the Towers were removed for an ambitious renovation project. The project was never completed and the Towers stood topless until 1972 when new, matching tops were crane lifted into place making the Towers look identical for the first time. The Towers were purchased by Ronald Boglarsky in 1976. A miniature golf course was added at the base of the Towers in 1987 to attract more visitors, but societal changes were taking its toll on the entire area. The Irish Hills Towers closed to the public at the end the summer of 2000. They were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in the spring of 2007.

Telephone

+5174675300

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Made this print from an old negative ... can anyone tell me if this is the entrance to the towers at Irish Hills? Probably taken during the 1930s.
Glad to see the wonderful progress!