Mayflower Hotel Site

16 Jul

400SMainStreet

This post is quite different from any of our previous posts because of the fact that that it highlights a building that is not very historic yet is a corner that is rich in Plymouth’s history. It has been our discovery that this page receives many searches for the Historic Mayflower Hotel and we were quite surprised to find that there are many people who are still unaware that the Mayflower no longer stands. 827 W. Ann Arbor Trail was home to the Mayflower Hotel from 1927 through 1999. The Hotel was razed in 2000 and is now the home of Mayflower Centre which consists of both retail spaces and condominiums. This was the location where Plymouth’s first home was built by Plymouth Pioneers William and Kezia Starkweather in 1825. Although Plymouth’s first home was more of a primitive shelter, it was still a home and this South West corner of Main Street and Ann Arbor Trail is where it all began. Today there are still “remains” of the Mayflower. Directly across Main Street, the former Mayflower Meeting House still stands and is now home to a Banquet Facility and office spaces. The Mayflower’s later addition (Mayflower II) still stands at 471 S. Main Street and operates as the Mayflower Motor Inn.

Here is verbiage from an old post card dated 1986 of the Mayflower:

100 room historic, family-operated hotel featuring Bed and Breakfast Full complimentary breakfast for overnight guests, at Main Street and Ann Arbor Trail, off I-275 and M-14, 25 minutes from Metro Airport, Ann Arbor, Detroit and Greenfield Village – Five minutes to Northville Downs Within walking distance of 150 unique shops, tree lined Kellogg Park and a movie theater – Banquet facilities up to 400 – Six meeting rooms – The Mayflower II rooms feature direct-dial phones, color TV, refrigerators, queen-size or double beds, individually controlled heating and cooling, Sprinkler system and smoke alarms – Deluxe rooms feature Kohler whirlpool bathtubs and king-sized beds

Below are some old images of the Hotel:

Mayflower1940s

Mayflower1970s

Mayflower1980s

2 Responses to “Mayflower Hotel Site”

  1. Norma A. Leslie October 20, 2015 at 5:56 PM #

    I grew up first on Main St. over the Hood’s carpet cleaning & next to the upstairs bowling alley & just down from the old Cloverdale Dairy/Ice cream place, then at 234 W. Ann Arbor Trail next to the RR tracks. This house as origanlly bought by my great grandparents Andrew & Sarah Bow, then by my grandparents James & Elizabeth Leslie, then again by my parents Harold & Elsie Leslie.

    • Darrin Silvester March 3, 2016 at 10:05 AM #

      I have been researching the Hood family that ran the carpet cleaning store and would love to talk with you is possible. darrinsilvester@gmail.com

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