The first settlers in the area came to Bridgman in the 1830s. Plentiful forests and water in the area led to the development of lumber companies. The village of Charlottesville was established there in 1860. Charlottesville and the nearby village of Laketon combined approximately 10 years later to form the village of Bridgman. Several plant nurseries were established in the village during the 1880s. Bridgman became a city in 1949. New owners of homes in Bridgman MI can learn more about the town's history at http://www.bridgman.org/-BridgmanHistory.php.
Weko Beach is the largest park in Bridgman. It has picnic tables on the beach. The park also has play areas, boardwalks and a boat launch ramp. There are cabins and a campground for those who want to stay overnight. Toth Street Park has a playground, basketball courts and a walking track. There are swings and a picnic table at Legion Park. For more information about parks in Bridgman click on the Parks tab on www.bridgman.org.
Two state parks are approximately four miles from Bridgman. Visitors can fish and camp in Warren Dunes State Park in Sawyer. This park has trails for hiking and cross-country skiing. Swimming is allowed at the beach. Other park amenities include a playground and picnic areas. People can go hiking and cross-country skiing on the trails in Grand Mere State Park in Lincoln Charter Township. Hunting is permitted here. Visitors can swim and picnic at the beach.
There is a bicycle trail between Weko Beach and the beach at Warren Dunes State Park.
Golfers may want to purchase homes in Bridgman MI near the 18-hole public golf course at the Pebblewood Country Club. The club's website is www.golfpebblewood.com.
Bridgman is in the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Country area. Several wineries are less than 10 miles from Bridgman. More information about wineries in the area is available at www.lakemichiganshorewinetrail.com.
Several museums are less than 15 miles from Bridgman. The Curious Kids' Museum in St. Joseph has exhibits on space, geology and animals. The museum's website is www.curiouskidsmuseum.org. Information about the area's past is available in the archives at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center in St. Joseph. This museum's website is www.theheritagemcc.org.
Owners of real estate in Bridgman MI can take part in several annual events. Celebrate Bridgman is held in July. A parade, a basketball tournament, a craft show and a car show are a few of the events that take place during this two-day festival. The Lake Michigan Shore Wine Fest is held in June. People can call the Southwest Michigan Tourist Council at 773-791-1809 for more information about this event. Free concerts are held at Weko Beach during the summer.