We've put together several tours to help you explore Holland! In 1847, The Reverend Albertus C. Van Raalte led a small group of Dutch immigrants to an isolated spot near the eastern shore of Lake Michigan--which is now our Holland, Michigan.
Many of Holland's early settlers lived to see their fledgling "kolonie" devastated by a fire that swept through the community on October 8, 1871- the day after the great Chicago fire. The fire destroyed more than 300 buildings, and years of hard work.
Though most of Holland's earliest bulidings are gone, the city still boasts a number of historical structures documenting the economic prosperity that began in the 1880's and continues to this day.
Holland's buildings are a testimony to its conservative heritage- no mansions or skyscrapers, just an array of sturdy yet distinctive homes and businesses, reflecting virtually every architectural style from the late 18th and early 20th centuries.
Come, step into the past with a walking tour of historic Holland, Michigan. You can download PDF's of the walking tour below, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request that they be mailed to you! Of course, you can always visit our offices in Downtown Holland to pick up a copy as well!