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Dexter, the fastest growing community in the region


Downtown Dexter

History of Dexter

Legend says Gordon Hall may have served as a refuge for slaves on the Underground Railroad. Gordon Hall was the home of Dexter’s village founder, Samuel W. Dexter. It was built in the early 1840s in Greek Revival architecture and is a historic landmark in the area. Samuel Dexter called it Gordon Hall in honor of his mother’s family.

Dexter, a land speculator, settled the area in 1824 after purchasing a large piece of land, 13 years before Michigan officially became a state. He called it the “Mill Creek Settlement” and then in 1830 the village name was changed, in recognition of its beloved founder, to “Dexter”.

The house, Gordon Hall, and the 70 acres of surrounding property was gifted to the University of Michigan in 1950.

Living in Dexter
Dexter’s picturesque small-town charm has all the conveniences of a location near two booming metro areas — Detroit and Ann Arbor. Home to a strong public education system and thriving annual festivals, Dexter’s nurturing community hosts about 4,000 residents and countless visitors.
Located off I-94 about 20 minutes from the Detroit metro area and 15 minutes from downtown Ann Arbor, Dexter is extremely convenient for commuters to all parts of southeastern Michigan.
The Community Connector bus line is a big selling point for the community, an inter-urban express route that runs from Chelsea to Ann Arbor, including through Dexter, seven days a week between 5:30 a.m. and 7:15 p.m.
As one of PiperPartners’ realtors, Kathlene Costello, one of Dexter’s own, tells us, the village is one of the fastest growing communities in the region – between 2000 and 2010, the Village of Dexter was the fastest growing community in Michigan.
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