River Country is tucked into southwest Michigan, covering St. Joseph County, Cass County and part of Branch County. Get to know the communities of River Country.
The historic village of Burr Oak is a small town with a big heart. Strolling down the tree-lined streets, you’ll hear the occasional sound of Amish buggies, transporting you back to a time when everyone knew their neighbors. Take a walk along the paved Prairie River path, or fire up the grill and enjoy a picnic next to the river. Enjoy the annual Heritage Festival the last weekend in July. It’s fun for the whole family!
Established in 1831, Centreville is the county seat of St. Joseph County. Today, the stately Victorian style courthouse still graces the town square, surrounded by small shops, businesses and homes. The historic Langley Covered Bridge, just north of town, is a must-see. Centreville is also home to the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds, which host the fifth largest fair in Michigan, along with an annual home show in April and Second Sunday Antique and Collectible Show from May-October.
Now known as the Magic Capital of the World, Colon’s role in magic began in 1925 when Harry Blackstone, the great magician and illusionist, moved to the small town. Colon is home to Abbott’s Magic Company and the Fab Magic Company, which is the world’s largest producer of magic paraphernalia. The town’s annual Magic Get-Together draws magicians and magic fans from all over the world. The four-day event is a must-see for the entire family. Colon is also the site of beautiful Palmer Lake, which is perfect for swimming, boating and fishing.
Settled in 1828 on the beautiful banks of the St. Joseph River, Constantine takes pride in its well-preserved historic homes and unique shops. The community is proud to be the Seed Corn Capital of the World and is also home to the Michigan Milk Producers Association, the largest dairy cooperative in Michigan. Constantine’s three major parks are the site of summer celebrations, including the U.S. Title Boat Races, Fourth of July fireworks and the Fall Harvest Festival. Other special events include car shows, Pets in the Park, BBQ Cook-off and Christmas in Constantine.
Located on the St. Joseph River, Mendon has rich Native American heritage. Although the town burned down in 1916, it was rebuilt to reflect the early 1900s architecture. Mendon is home to the annual Mendon Riverfest in August.
Sturgis offers a unique shopping experience with quaint stores and one-of-a-kind merchandise. The community is proud of its rich heritage, burgeoning arts scene, beautiful parks and many recreational opportunities. Special events are held throughout the year, including Sturgis Dam Days at the end of June and the annual Motorcycle Toy Run in September. Sturgis is a community with pride in its past and faith in its future.
Three Rivers is known for the lively, appealing rivers that gather at its heart. The town features a myriad of parks, a petting zoo and a historic downtown that is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. Three Rivers is an ever-changing, progressive, peaceful community, which hosts the annual Three Rivers Water Festival in June and the annual Harmony Fest held on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.
White Pigeon was incorporated in 1837 and is the oldest incorporated village in Michigan. The town is named after the Native American Chief Wahbememe (White Pigeon), who lived there in the early 1800s. Today, White Pigeon remains a small, agricultural town with several unique shops. It is home to the historic U. S. Land Office and the annual White Pigeon Days festival.
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