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Banner-images_26.jpgOn March 8, 1824, a Quaker man named Arthur Power arrived in a sled in what is now Farmington.

He and his team felled the first tree, etc. Purchased for $1.25/acre. That was the beginning of what would become the City of Farmington, Michigan.
Two hundred years later, the welcoming nature of Farmington — borne of the Quakers, who believed in accepting all human beings with love and dignity — continues to define us. The people, the ideas, the cultures, the can-do spirit that we invite into our town every day have all contributed to the look, feel, vibe, and genuine character of our community.

From our historic district to our newest homes and businesses, the past, present, and future coexist in Farmington unlike anywhere else. We welcome everyone to share in the moment. To celebrate with us. To collaborate with us. And to have some fun with us. The inviting energy you feel today has been thriving in our town for centuries, welcoming all since 1824.

Farmington Through the Years
Our streets are lined with history. Click through the slideshow to see how Farmington has changed — and what’s stayed the same — over the past 200 years.
All the images are proudly displayed on lamp post banners throughout historic downtown Farmington, and they’ve been placed in locations that correspond to their original sites. Check them out next time you’re walking!
More Farmington history fun:

Celebrate With Us
March 8: Toast to Farmington
Cheers to 200 years! Taste the “1824” Farmhouse Ale and Cider created for the bicentennial by Farmington Brewing Company, get your collectible pint glass, and enjoy music Out Front at the Civic Theater. Stroll the Syndicate social district and check out Downtown Farmington’s new history lamp post banners.
April 18: Ladies Night Out
Shop new bicentennial merch styles, just in time for warmer weather.
June 1-2: Art On the Grand
Swing by the bicentennial booth and sign your message for the “Postcards to Farmington” project. Whether you’re 9 or 90, we want to hear your favorite Farmington memories. Plus, see the unveiling of Farmington’s newest mural — a timeline tribute to 200 years, coming soon to the Downtown Farmington shopping center.
Check back soon for summer and fall events.
Bicentennial Merch
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Show off your Farmington spirit! Bicentennial merchandise will be available all year at Farmington Brewing Company and Farmington City Hall (City Manager’s office). New designs will be released throughout 2024 — follow the City of Farmington on Facebook to see when they’re available.
Sweatshirt: $30
Long-sleeve T-shirt: $30
Beanie: $20
Pint glass: $5
Raise a toast to 200 years with one of our custom bicentennial drinks, created custom by Farmington Brewing Company. “1824” Farmhouse Ale and Farmhouse Cider will be available all year at FBC.
1824 Ale, 5.0% ABV: Brewed with Munich malt and wheat. Hopped with Syrian. Slight citrus and lemon character.
1824 Cider, 4.2% ABV: A slightly sweet and light bodied traditional cider made to celebrate Farmington's bicentennial.
Contact: Sean Murphy
Chair, Farmington Bicentennial Task Force