Adrian, MI Area Guide


Adrian is located in Lenawee County as the county seat, in southeast Michigan. Adrian lies approximately 30 miles southwest of Ann Arbor, 30 miles southeast of Jackson, and 30 miles north of Toledo, Ohio. As of 2000, Adrian was home to approximately 21,000 people.

Adrian is home to historic architectural gems such as the former Adrian Library which is now a museum, three centers of higher education, many recreational facilities, and a vintage downtown district.


Adrian was founded on June 18, 1826 by Addison Comstock and was originally named Logan. Addison’s wife renamed the village in 1828 to Adrian after the Roman Emperor Hadrian.

In the late 1800s through the early 1900s, Adrian was known as the “fence capital of the world,” when J. Wallace Page invented the first successful wire fence. During this time, Adrian was one of the first fencing manufacturers in the world and its fences were shipped as far as New York, Berlin, Asia and Africa.

Adrian was also a prospective home to the automobile industry. One of the first motor vehicles, the Lion automobile, was created in Adrian. For about twelve years, Adrian was heading in the direction of being a major motor capital. During this time there were about three different cars manufactured in Adrian. Unfortunately, the industry never took off the ground after that.

Parks and Recreation

The Adrian Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for maintaining the city’s 23 parks. Adrian is home to approximately 6,500 trees, all of which are maintained by the Urban Forestry Program. Adrian is know as the Maple City, and has held the Tree City USA designation for the past 26 years.

The Harriett Kimball Fee Estate was established to assist in the beautification of Adrian’s city parks and public properties. The funds are to be used for this purpose only. Recent projects using Fee Estate Funds include Fee Park, Comstock Park, Riverview Trail and Trestle Park Boardwalk.

Adrian Skate/Bike Park

The Skate Park is a seasonal outdoor facility, April through October depending completely on weather conditions. The park features a Halfpipe combo, Bank Hip corner, Start box, Streetspine, Launch box, Escalator Quarterpipe and Half Pyramid.

Burr Ponds Park

Burr Ponds Park features bike and walking trails, benches, picnic shelters, picnic tables, grills and ponds for fishing.

Dunlap Park

Dunlap Park offers a basketball court, benches, a playground, picnic shelter, picnic tables and grills.

Heritage Park

Heritage Park features ball fields, bike and walking trails, benches, a playground, a picnic shelter, picnic tables, grills, restrooms, a sledding hill, ponds for fishing and more.

Riverside Park

Riverside Park features ball fields, a basketball court, benches, a playground, picnic shelter, picnic tables, grills, restrooms, ponds, a swimming pool and a sand volleyball court.

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Adrian is home to many spectacular events that take place throughout the year. Bring your entire family and meet your neighbors! Adrian features events for every one of all ages. Come participate in Walk Michigan!, Pitch, Hit and Run or the Annual Hare Racer for a ton of family fun and great memories!

Walk Michigan! Walking Works!

Bring your family, friends, strollers and dogs to this free community walk Walk Michigan! is a noncompetitive walking program created by Michigan Recreation and Parks Association. Each walk will have free drawings and the chance to enter to win a grand prize all-inclusive 2-night trip for two to the Mackinaw Island, Governor’s Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk! Start improving your health and fitness while enjoying the community’s parks.

Pitch, Hit and Run

Boys and girls, ages 7-14, can come out to show off their baseball skills at Pitch, Hit and Run. The program is designed to encourage youth participation and emphasize the fun elements of baseball. Participants will compete in 3 areas within their age group: pitching, hitting, and base running. Winners from the competition will advance to the sectional competition.

12th Annual Hare Racer

Have fun riding your bike through the trails while competing for prizes. There’s even a special course for 3-5 year olds in the parking lot.


Adrian is home to great, inspiring attractions. The Lenawee Historical Society Museum is actively involved in creating interest in Adrian’s past, and the Croswell Opera House and Adrian Symphony Orchestra provide many events perfect for a night out with your friends or family. Come see for yourself all that Adrian has to offer!

Lenawee Historical Society Museum

The Lenawee Historical Society Museum’s purpose is to aid in the discovery, collection and preservation of every variety of material illustrative of Lenawee County and Michigan. The museum includes letters, diaries, journals, memoranda, pioneer reminiscences, newspapers, account books, school and church registers, photographs maps and more. The Lenawee Historical Society Museum, in addition, disseminates historical information and creates interest in the past by publishing historical material in the newspapers, by holding meetings with lectures and discussions, by marking historical sites and trails and more.

Croswell Opera House

The Croswell Opera House has been at the center of Adrian’s downtown for 143 years and continues to be a center for the arts in Lenawee County. There have been many different types of productions that have taken place at Croswell Opera House over the years, from t raveling acting companies, bands and famous orators in the 1800’s and 1900’s, movies, both silent and talking, from 1921 to 1967, and the return to live theater performances in 1968. Today the theater has a reputation for presenting quality musicals and plays with the help of its community and equity actors and volunteers.

Adrian Symphony Orchestra

The mission of the Adrian Symphony Orchestra is to create musical performances of the highest quality and to present activities that educate, enhance and improve the quality of life for the citizens of Lenawee County and Southeast Michigan. The ASO is entering its 28 th season, and is experiencing a period of tremendous artistic development, remarkable audience growth, and sustained financial success. The Adrian Symphony is comprised of professional musicians drawn from Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

The orchestra regularly collaborates with extraordinary soloists, including prize-winners of the Naumburg, Leeds, and Tchaikovsky competitions. ASO guest artists have appeared in internationally-known orchestras in venues ranging from New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to Vienna’s Musikverein. Recent ASO soloists have appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Boston Pops, as well as the Metropolitan Opera and other prestigious orchestras across the world.