Shelby township is a growing and diverse community. An 1822 farmhouse, the township's oldest remaining
structure, stands proudly amidst the townhip's newest homes. One of the nation's most ambitious canal projects, the Clinton-Kalamazoo
Canal, runs through the township. An 1871 schoolhouse, the Andrews School, provides a unique learning experience for students
of all ages. Shelby Township was surveyed and opened for general land sales in 1818. A township goverment was organized in
1827. The settlement of Disco at the crossroads of 24 Mile Road and Van Dyke, began in the 1830s and was a busy community.
The 1928 Packard Proving Grounds, an engineering marvel, graces Van Dyke Avenue.
Why Preserve ? Historic preservation is about enjoyment, education, and economic advantage. When
we know our history, we understand ourselves and our community. History provides us with common values, enables us to plan
intelligently, and enriches our lives. We owe it to future generations to preserve the evidence of our past.