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.