1776 : Macomb Brothers Buy Grosse Isle

July 6, 2018 all-day

On July 6, 1776 – just two days after the rebels signed their Declaration of Independence from George III in Philadelphia – the Macomb brothers, William and Alexander, bought Grosse Ile from the Potawatomi Indians. And, probably without intending to do so, established what is today Michigan’s oldest working farm owned continuously by members of the same family.

Denise de Beausset, 50, runs the farm — Westcroft Gardens — that was bought by her great-great-great-great-great grandfathers just two days after the Declaration of Independence was signed. Westcroft Gardens is at 21803 W. River Road on Grosse Ile. Call 734-676-2444 anytime. Hours vary by the season so call ahead.

For the rest of the story see Isabella Swan, The Deep Roots, A History of Grosse Ile, Michigan to 1876 and

Joe Thurtell, “History Grows in a Grosse Ile Garden : Family Still Owns and Operates Farm Purchased in 1776”, Detroit Free Press, May 12, 2005, p. 1.

Note: The Michigan State University provides online access to the Detroit Free Press via Proquest Gannett Newstand.

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