Downtown Development Authority

Vicksburg History

Vicksburg, Michigan is located approximately 13 miles south of Kalamazoo – bounded by Brady, Pavilion, Schoolcraft and Wakeshma Townships in south Kalamazoo County. The Village is surrounded by fields of corn, soy, potatoes, sorgham, hay, wheat, pumpkins and melons separated by woodlands, animal farms, grass field airstrips and numerous lakes and streams — all of which have played an important role in Vicksburg's development.

The Village of Vicksburg has about 3,000 residents and although small by many standards, it is a vital, growing community. Quality schools, abundant natural resources, business opportunities, and friendly small town atmosphere have enticed many to settle here and call it home.

John Vickers
, the town's namesake, settled in the area in 1831. It was incorporated as a village of the state in 1871. A Michigan Registered Historic Site plaque reads:
VICKERS' MILL: In 1831, John Vickers built a brush dam over the eight-foot waterfall on Portage Creek and erected a log grist mill. The mill is believed to have been the first mill in Kalamazoo County. The dam created a pond that supplied water power to the mill, and formed the sizable Sunset Lake, around which pioneers built homes and set up businesses. Vickers died in 1842. On October 18, 1871, the village was incorporated as Brady, but one day later, a petition passed to rename it Vicksburg.

Festivals & Events

Each year during the second weekend in June for the last 34 years, Vicksburg has held in the village a classic car show. It has grown to be one of the largest classic and antique car shows in the state of Michigan with hundreds of cars on display.

Community events include The Rotary Club Showboat on the first weekend of March, the Hearty Hustle on the second Saturday of May, the Christmas Parade of the first Saturday of December, the Harvest Festival on the last Sunday of September, the Taste of Vicksburg in June, and the Haunted House in October.

Annual Summer Festival - Located next to the Historic Village and in the pavilion, The Vicksburg Lions Club has hosted this event for 41 years. The festival features Otto's Beer & Bratwurst Tent, Family Night, Volleyball and Horseshoe Tournaments, Corn Hole Tournament, and Live Music. The B&B Annual Summer Festival begins the fourth Thursday in July and runs through Saturday night.

Vicksburg Historical Society
Mission Statement

To preserve, advance and disseminate knowledge of the history
of the greater Vicksburg area through research, the preservation of artifacts,
and the presentation of exhibits,
programs and events.