Dryden Community Country Club–General Squier Historic Park Complex

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Dryden Community Country Club–General Squier Historic Park Complex
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Dryden Community Country Club–General Squier Historic Park Complex is located in Michigan
Dryden Community Country Club–General Squier Historic Park Complex
Location within the state of Michigan
Location 4725 South Mill Road
Dryden Township, Michigan
Coordinates 42°55′33″N 83°07′27″W / 42.92583°N 83.12417°W / 42.92583; -83.12417Coordinates: 42°55′33″N 83°07′27″W / 42.92583°N 83.12417°W / 42.92583; -83.12417
Area 80 acres (33 ha)
Built 1870–1920
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 86001220[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 5, 1986
Designated MSHS June 6, 1977[2]
The mill and waterpark

The Dryden Community Country Club–General Squier Historic Park Complex is a historic district located at 4725 South Mill Road in Dryden Township in southeastern Lapeer County, Michigan. It was designated as a Michigan Historic Site on June 6, 1977 and was later added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 5, 1986.[1][2] The site is also known locally as the General George Squier Club or General Squier County Park.[2]

The oldest structure on the 80 acre (33 hectare) site is a three-story timber mill dating to 1871. Other structures include a large single-story structure known as Forest Hall and a cottage, both built in 1917, and a two-story wooden lookout tower and tea house built in 1920. Other structures also contribute to the site's architecture. The complex served as the summer residence of Dryden native Major General George Owen Squier (1865–1934). After retiring from active military service, Squier converted his property into Lapeer County's first (and only) privately owned park—what he referred to as a free "Country Club for Country People." When he died, the property was renamed in his honor and continues to this day as a free recreational facility, which now includes a waterpark situated next to the old mill.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d State of Michigan (2009). "Dryden Community Country Club - General Squier Historic Park Complex". Retrieved June 4, 2011.