Fennville was named after E.A. Fenn, who came to Fennville from New York City in 1853. A miller by trade, Fenn opened a sawmill, originally giving the settlement the name Fenn’s Mill. The name was changed in the late 1800s to Fennville. On February 20, 1889 Fennville was incorporated as a village. The first village president was a businessman named Frank S. Raymond. He partnered in the hardware business with L.S. Dickinson, and also J.E. Hutchinson in both a store and a bank. The Federal Census listed the population of Fennville at 360 people in 1890. The City of Fennville became official on February 7, 1961, with T.E. Van Dussen as the first mayor. As of 2014 the total population of Fennville was 1,398. Today, the City Commission, which appoints the Mayor, governs Fennville. The City Commission consists of seven elected officials who hold four-year terms. The Commission meets on the first and third Monday of the month to set policies and make operational decisions for the city. Who We Are Today Fennville really does have something for everyone. There are plenty of art studios and galleries in and around Fennville. Our great restaurants offer something for just about every taste. Want to play outdoors? Then stop by one of our many orchards in the area, the state game area, Hutchins Lake or Lake Michigan. For family fun you can visit our parks or our Children’s Museum. Fennville also holds many festivals including an Easter Egg Hunt the Saturday before Easter, Tuesdays in the Park concert series, Fennville Goose Festival in October and a Holiday Celebration the first Saturday in December. All festivals hold activities for all ages, and are family friendly. On behalf of the City Commission and all of our community, WELCOME TO FENNVILLE!
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