Olde World CanterburyVillage
Canterbury Village, a designated historical landmark in the State of Michigan, extends over 21 acres on part of the old Scripps Farm. It is host to 18 specialty shops and wonderful features.
Canterbury Village, a designated historical landmark in the State of Michigan, extends over 21 acres on part of the old Scripps Farm. It is host to 18 specialty shops, Irish Pub, Expo Center, Wedding Chapel, Fudge Shop, Banquet Hall and many more wonderful features.
Canterbury Village houses one of the World’s largest collections of Department 56 items. We have village displays setup throughout the Department 56 area including the Dickens Village Series, Christmas in the City Series, The Original Snow Village Series, Alpine Village Series, North Pole Village Series, New England Village Series, Halloween Village Series and a mixture of them all in our giant 70…‘ x 10′ main display. We also have one of the World’s largest Nativity displays showcasing our vast Fontanini collection as well as large displays of our Boyd’s Bears, Precious Moments, Cherished Teddies, Possible Dreams, Circle of Love and Lenox products.The main facilities were built with olde world craftsmanship with rich, luxurious quality and ornate furnishings. The integrity of your experience is enhanced by oak paneling and carvings from France, European armor, tapestries and an antique stained glass window from Scotland. The antique fireplace in the King’s Court Castle was shipped from England creates an olde world ambience.Whether it is a family vist, a fairy tale wedding in an elegant castle ballroom or a corporate banquet the elegance, allure and ambience are produced by our dedicated staff to create memories that will last a lifetime.•Property History•William Edmund Scripps, the son of the founder of the Detroit News and WWJ radio, started the farm as a “hobby”. The farmland of 3,000 acres was purchased by Scripps in 1916 from several different landowners. The farm delt mainly with angus cattle, cows, swine, sheep, and poultry. During the Depression years (1929-1939), the farmhands and mansion servants all lived on the property as well as the family. A small one-room schoolhouse for children of the farm employees was established in 1925, and in 1952 it was converted into a church.When William Scripps died in 1952, much of the farm was sold at auction. A large part of the collection of Scripps’s European paintings from the estate were donated to the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1956.The farmland and lakes are now mainly parks for Orion Township, Oakland County, and the state of Michigan. The original farmhouses and buildings are still part of Canterbury Village to this day.