August 25 2014

Betsy’s Hometown – Levering, Mi


While we were up north I couldn’t resist taking Chris and his kids on a tour of my hometown. A town that I am sure most of you reading this have never heard of… Levering, Michigan!

Levering is located just south of Mackinaw City (which is a great point of reference since most people have heard of Mackinaw City) and just north of Petoskey. Levering is a very small town and for 20 years of my life, it was pretty much all I knew.

I am a small town girl and proud of it!

Chris and his kids are all city boys, so it was time for this country girl to show them what it was like where I grew up!

The first stop on our drive thru tour was Levering Antiques!


Across from Levering Antiques is the hardware shop we used to go to, Cook’s Hardware. It was run by one of my classmate’s family and it was very much like the TV show Cheers because everyone truly did know our name there and everywhere else in town too. That is one of the perk’s of small town living.

Next up we have our Post Office!


Since we lived in town our mail was not delivered to our house. Instead, we had to come down to the Post Office to pick it up. There were old style mail boxes inside the vestibule that you opened with your code. If we happened to get a package, we would just go inside to the counter where our friendly Post Master would give it to us without even asking for our name.

Next on the tour was the library.


At least it was the library when I lived there. Now it is called the Levering Community Center and I am not sure what all of that entails. Obviously it doesn’t look like the libraries that many of you are accustomed to seeing but it served its purpose and I got a lot of use out of it since I was an avid reader.

Next on the tour was the house I grew up in.


When I grew up there the house was brown but my Mom made a lot of updates to it after I left. A very recent change to the house is the owners of it. My Mom sold the house after hanging on to it for several years despite moving into her new husband’s house. I will admit that I am a little sad that it is no longer in my family. My parents bought the house for $5,000 dollars (that is not a typo) when I was in Kindergarten. It needed A LOT of work but it was someplace that we could call home and as time passed they did put a lot of work and money into it. As some of you may know, my Dad passed away when I was 13 and the last place that I saw him was in that house. I always felt a deep connection to him in that house because it was something that he had worked so hard on and it was where a lot of my family memories took place. I hope the new owners take good care of it and maybe someday they will let me come in and take a look around for old time’s sake.

The last stop on the Levering tour was this iconic site.


The Levering Cafe! If Levering is known for anything, it definitely has to be for the resturant with the big chicken on the roof!

I did take Chris and his kids into Pellston as well which is where I went to elementary, middle and high school although, we did not take any pictures. Pellston is another small town and it is known as the icebox of the nation! What a claim to fame, right? To illustrate just how small the school was, I believe that my graduating class had 67 people in it and at the time, it was one of the largest classes to graduate from the school! How things are at the school now I am not sure, although I can’t imagine that there are a ton more people there compared to when I was there.

If you grew up in a small town I am sure that I don’t have to tell you that there was some good parts and bad parts about it. And as much as I like visiting up there, home for me is right where I am now in the suburbs of the D or “down state” as we used to call it when I lived up north. But ” up north” will always hold a special place in my heart.


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Posted August 25, 2014 by theadventurers in category "Northern Michigan