Historic Buildings

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Exciting things are happening in the Canton community and we ask that you check back frequently to see what progress is being made on these community projects, which include the Preservation Park project, as well as the Cherry Hill Village Square and the Village Arts Factory.  

  1. Bartlett-Travis House
  2. Cherry Hill School
  3. Cady-Boyer Barn
  4. Clyde/Corwin House

Bartlett-Travis House

500 N. Ridge Road 
Canton, Michigan

History of Bartlett-Travis House

The early version of this house was a story and a half "Greek Revival" cottage, typical of "2nd generation houses" built in Canton in the 1840's, and was first owned by Thomas and Maria Bartlett. This house was located at the corner of Warren and Canton Center Roads. In this house, they raised eight children. In 1861, the call for recruits for the Michigan infantry came, and two Bartlett boys, John and James answered, along with two sons-in-law. James died from his wounds after one of the bloodiest battles of the war, the Battle of the Wilderness. Bartlett boys also participated in the battle of Gettysburg.

Son George bought the family home in 1867. He updated and modernized it, by raising it a full two stories, adding the Italianate details found with the paired brackets under the eaves, and added the frilly porch on the front; as well as adding the kitchen wall on the back.

In 1908 William and Martha Travis bought the house. They and their descendants owned this sprawling house until the 1930's. The Travis family added the modern "Colonial Revival" wrap around porch onto the house around 1919. Following the sale in the 1950's, the house changed hands several times over the years, and was last owned by Ken Dividock, a local realtor, who donated the house to the Canton Historic District Commission. The house was moved to this site in 1988. Renovation and restoration began in 1994 by local carpenter, Rex Harvey. In 2002 the house was completed and opened to the public.

Today, the house occasionally hosts tours. At this time the Bartlett-Travis house is not available to rent.

Bartlett Travis House Quick Facts

  • Original owner was Darius Blackman and the home and property may have been given as a gift to his daughter Maria when she married Thomas Bartlett.
  • In 1867 George Bartlett bought the property from his parents.
  • William and Martha Travis purchased the Bartlett farm in 1908, their daughter Ella Rowe, inherited the house (and adjoining property) about 1924. She continued ownership until about 1954.
  • By 1959, Thomas Myers owned the house. In 1961 Mrs. Thomas Myers owned it and operated
  • John Darakijan bought the house in 1975.
  • In 1988, Ken Dividock, a local realtor, donated the house to Canton Township.
  • The home was moved to its present site at 500 N. Ridge Road in 1989, where it was placed on a new foundation, a new roof and chimneys added.
  • Rex Harvey, a local carpenter who specializes in the restoration of historic houses, was hired to restore the house. Restoration began in 1994 and completed in the Fall of 2002.

At this time the Bartlett-Travis House in not available for rent. Please contact the rental central coordinator for other rental opportunities at 734/394-5140 or email leisure.canton-mi.org.