City Highlights Series: Richmond, MI

By Thumb Home Inspection LLC

Home inspector conducting a home inspection in Richmond, MI.
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Richmond, MI History:

The history of Richmond begins in 1835 with a man named Erastus Beebe. Bebee traveled from New York with his two brothers and founded “Bebee’s Corners”, which included several businesses, a post office, church and a school. In December of 1859 the Grand Trunk Railway would arrive and provide many resources for the community (now Richmond) to succeed. In 1879 Bebee’s Corners would unite with neighboring communities of Ridgeway and Coopertown, and the village of Richmond was created.

Richmond has a historic village that showcases many prominent structures that were a landmark to the growth and success of Richmond.

The Donley Log Cabin was home to four generations of the Donley Family. The cabin was built in 1853 on a farm that was on what is now 29 Mile road. In 1997 the cabin was donated to the Richmond Area Historical and Genealogical Society and the following year they placed the cabin on the corner of Park and Beebe Streets in Richmond.

The society also showcases a one-room schoolhouse built in 1885. Each year second grade students from Richmond tour the schoolhouse with teachers and parents. Fifth grade students from both Richmond and Armada schools also get a day to enjoy and experience the historic schoolhouse and what life was like for children over a century ago.

There is a 1900’s train station depot also displayed among the historic village. The depot was used for the Grand Trunk Railroad.

Richmond visitors should be sure to stop at the Blacksmith Shop/Museum. The building was built in more modern times and includes an office, storage space, bathrooms and a museum that includes rotating exhibits.

The Bailey Park also includes a Richmond historic barn, which was repaired and reconstructed by Amish farmers from Brown City. The barn will display agricultural artifacts that early farmers in the Richmond area would have used.

Richmond, MI Geography:

The city of Richmond contains 2.92 square miles, 2.89 square miles of land and 0.03 square miles of water. A majority of Rich, many which have views of the St. Clair Rive, many which have views of the St. Clair River and lies in Macomb County and there is a small portion that neighbors St. Clair County. Richmond offers it’s residents beautiful parks and trails. Richmond lies about 25 miles southwest of Port Huron.

Richmond MI Homes, Buildings, Property Structures, & Home Inspections:

Richmond offers homebuyers a variety of different styles of homes to purchase. There are historic homes, colonial style homes, modern homes and more. For homebuyers or home sellers of historic homes, it is important to include an asbestos and lead inspection during their home inspection. For modern homes, it is encouraged that the home owners or home buyers include a radon and mold inspection during their home inspection.

With Richmond having such a long-standing history there is a variety of buildings, properties, houses, and homes it has to offer. Each home and house has its unique challenges when doing a home inspection. Your home inspector should be well versed in the different kinds of homes, buildings, property, and houses in the area. When doing a home inspection your home inspector should be thoroughly checking mold, radon, water testing, sewer line, lead, asbestos, pests, pool/spa, structural engineering, structure components, roof, plumbing, electrical, foundation, well water, well, septic, and more where applicable. Not every house, home, building, and property will need the home inspector to perform all of these inspections. Your home inspector should do these inspections only when necessary. But whether in downtown Richmond or in the suburbs of Richmond, your home inspector should be well qualified to do home inspections.

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