Four Towns, Michigan

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Four Towns, Michigan
Unincorporated Community
Four Towns, Michigan is located in Michigan
Four Towns, Michigan
Four Towns, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°37′04″N 83°24′49″W / 42.61778°N 83.41361°W / 42.61778; -83.41361Coordinates: 42°37′04″N 83°24′49″W / 42.61778°N 83.41361°W / 42.61778; -83.41361
CountryUnited States
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)313 (1947-93), 810 (1993-97), 248 (1997-present)
FIPS code26-84240[1]
GNIS feature ID1627218[2]

Four Towns is an unincorporated community in Waterford Township, Oakland County, Michigan, United States.

Four Towns was never incorporated as a municipality.

It is located on Cooley Lake Road and Lochaven Road, near where Commerce Township, Waterford Township, West Bloomfield Township, and White Lake Township meet.[3]

First Settlers[edit]

In 1830, Harley Olmstead, from Rensselaer County, New York, was the first to settle in what would become Four Towns.[4][5]

In 1832, John K. Dewey, from Windsor County, Vermont,[6] built the first frame house in Four Towns. That same year, Nathan R. Colvin brought his family from Clarendon, Vermont[7] and built a farmhouse at Four Towns.

Post Office[edit]

Four Towns had a post office from 1856 until 1902. It was given the name "Four Towns P.O." because of the four townships meeting there. Squire Cooley was its first postmaster.[8]


The first church in Four Towns was the historic Four Towns Methodist Church.[9]

In 1866, a frame school house was built on land donated by Nathan R. Colvin at 6451 Cooley Lake Road in Waterford Township, Michigan. From that year until 1930 the building served as both a school and church. Since then the building has been used primarily for church activities.

Church services were offered once every two weeks when Four Towns had few residents. Sunday school was held weekly during the Summer months.[10]

Today, the church is officially named Four Towns United Methodist Church.[11]


The first schoolhouse was built of logs on the town line on a portion of land of H.L. Hunt's farm. Soon the tiny school house was outgrown and a larger school house was built in 1866[12] on property donated by Nathan R. Colvin. The schoolhouse still stands as a church on that location on Cooley Lake Road and Lochaven Road.[13]


Nathan R. Colvin gave a portion of his property for a cemetery. In 1839, the first recorded burial in the Four Towns Cemetery took place; Martha A. Coyles, age 7 months, 18 days.[14] Four Towns Cemetery has 286 interments, as of 2016. Buried there are several early settlers and their families, including Nathan R. Colvin (1792-1873), Harley Olmstead (1803-1885) and John K. Dewey (1796-1887).[15]


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Four Towns, Michigan
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