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Jonesville is a progressive rural community located in the south central Lower Peninsula bordering Indiana and Ohio. Jonesville has a great downtown area that includes several stores to shop, locally run businesses for coffee and ice cream, along with dining options including Cedars, Los Mariachis, Rosalie’s Roadhouse and many more. Jonesville also has two modern Bed and Breakfasts located in historic homes the Munro House B&B and the Rooms at Grayfield, plus casual lodging at America’s Best Value Motel. In the summer during the 3rd weekend in May there is a Riverfest Festival and Canoe Races, plus other activities and car shows throughout the year.
Jonesville is proud of its heritage. It is strategically located along the Old Sauk Trail (U.S. Highway 12). It has several locations said to have been Stations on the Underground Railroad. The oldest home in Hillsdale County is in the downtown area. It dates to 1834. Jonesville is the original Hillsdale County Seat. Jonesville also boasts many educational firsts including the first Free School in Michigan, the first school district in Michigan with a defined curriculum, and what is now the longest continuously operated school building in the state Jonesville Middle School.
The historic Grosvenor House Museum is open on weekends throughout the summer. Some significant architectural sites in the downtown area include the Sauk Theatre, Grace Episcopal Church, Marcella’s Coffee House and the Village Office. The Sauk Theatre hosts plays from nearby schools, youth groups and its own community theater productions throughout the year. Jonesville has several community parks, Mill Race Golf Course and Silo’s Fun Park for outdoor enthusiasts. The Baw Beese Hike/Bike Trail begins in Jonesville and stretches for about ten miles South to Osseo.