Herman R. Goodrich House (1862), located at 428 S. Church Street, is the only “Octagon” house in Lenawee County. This eight-sided architectural style was popular nationally during the Civil War.
The City of Hudson is home to many historic buildings, some over 150 years old. The entire downtown was placed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1974. A majority of these buildings have been renovated, and appear largely as they did 100 years ago.
The Hudson Museum at 219 W. Main Street (open Wednesday and Friday from 1-4pm, and Saturday from 12-3pm) is a valuable starting point for those with an interest in history. Several noteworthy historic homes exist within Hudson, many listed on the National Register. Check out the slideshow to the left for examples and descriptions.
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Maple Grove Cemetery, at the corner of North Maple Grove Avenue and Cadmus Road along the north edge of the City, is operated by the City and dates back to 1867, when the original City cemetery (in what is now Webster’s Park) became filled. Sprawling over 15 acres of wooded land, this scenic Victorian cemetery also showcases a striking receiving vault constructed in 1884.
Just beyond the southwest corner of the City across US-127 lies the predominantly-Catholic Calvary Cemetery, also located on a beautifully-wooded tract.
Will Carleton was born just east of Hudson in 1845. After attending school in Hudson, and Hillsdale College, his poetry came to national prominence in the 1870s. He wrote several volumes of poetry, both about farm and city life in the latter part of the nineteenth century, with some volumes selling over 100,000 copies.
Named Poet Laureate of Michigan, and one of the best-known poets of what has become to be called “The Gilded Age”, Carleton died in 1912, following a bout with pneumonia, in Brooklyn, New York. While his work reflects the changing era of the last century, it still often speaks to us on issues of today.
The Hudson Carnegie District Library has a collection of Carleton’s work, and the Hudson Museum has a display on Hudson’s best-known son. There is also a monument to his birthplace about a half a mile east of the city limits.
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Sports History "The Streak"
In 1975, the Hudson High School Tigers football team won its 72nd consecutive game, setting a national record football winning streak which stood for 22 years.
Sports Illustrated wrote about the record. The Streak still stands as a state record, and is a large reason why the community is justifiably proud of its athletic teams.
In 2010, the Tigers became the Division 7 State Champions, earning the first Michigan High School Athletic Association State Football Championship in Lenawee County history.