Village of Pellston

The Village of Pellston was founded in 1895 and quickly expanded with the arrival of the railroad. Pellston became the metropolitan center of a great logging empire that stretched from Cincinnati to the Upper Peninsula. Poor forest management eventually caused the logging to fail, and most of the town was destroyed when fires consumed the logging mills in the 1930s.

Today Pellston is a beautifully quaint town nestled in the Maple River valley, hosts the regional school, airport, and fire station and offers numerous conveniences for travelers and locals, including a general store, dollar stores, a hardware store, post office, library, senior center, medical offices, bank (remote office), village hall, recreation areas, parks, and trails. Downtown Pellston is known for it’s vibrant antiques district and hosts the famous Antiques Art & Collectibles store.

Pellston is organized as village in Emmet County in Michigan, USA. The population was 822 in 2010 and Pellston is known as one of the fastest growing communities in Northern Michigan.


Village Ordinances (2006)
Village Zoning Ordinances (2006)
Zoning Checklist
Zoning Application
Sign Permit Application
Village Charter (1895)
Recreation Plan
Financial Summary (2016)
Budget Summary (2016)

Village Hall Meetings:
Meetings start at 7:00 P.M. The Village Hall is located at Main and Milton Street.
To be placed on the agenda contact the village clerk at (231) 539-7600.

Village Council: 2nd Monday of each month
Planning and Zoning Commission: 1st Monday of each month
Pellston Downtown Development Authority: 1st Tuesday if each month

Pellston Fire Department Burn Permits: 231-539-8411
Pellston Food Pantry on U.S. 31 near the football field is open Wednesday from 5:00-6:45pm

Pellston Public Schools
Pellston Regional Airport

Antiques Art & Collectibles Storefront

Antiques Art & Collectibles

The huge Antiques Art & Collectibles store in Downtown Pellston is a favorite stop for visitors and shoppers and is a wonderful treasure hunt destination.

Antiques Art & Collectibles offers fabulous treasures for your home or cottage, including pottery, paintings, furniture, glassware, books, and all manor of vintage, Victorian and collectible items. The year-around Christmas store includes vintage and beautiful holiday decorations and gifts.

Don’t miss the Funky Diva Boutique in the basement of Antiques Art & Collectibles for a fantastic collection of new, nearly new, and vintage clothes for every season at reasonable prices.

Housed in Historic 1800’s buildings, remodeled as a Folk-deco masterpiece, this store has something for everyone! As you shop for hand-chosen and clean antiques and vintage mementos, as well as kitchenware, china and furnishings, be sure to take in the restored tin ceiling, cleverly crafted barn wood, along with the incredible Gallery of Doors, featuring 29 hand painted vintage doors. Antiques Art & Collectibles is a must-see destination for treasure hunters, history buffs, and anyone looking to add beautiful antiques, decor, gifts, collectibles, jewelry and  everyday items.

Antiques Art & Collectibles is located on US-31 North in downtown Pellston, across from the Depot Museum.

web site:
phone: (231) 539-8030

114 Stimpson Street, Pellston, Michigan … googlemap

Pellston History

See the Pellston Village Hall page for village services.

At the end of the 19th century Pellston was a Metropolitan center of a railroad and logging empire that spanned from Cincinnati to the Upper Peninsula. Vast lumberyards processed mountains of logs, which were shipped back to lower Michigan and to rebuild after the great Chicago fire.

Eventually, the trees in the area were scoured to the ground, so much so that the University of Michigan established a camp for engineers where they could learn surveying easily because there was clear line site between the barren hills.  When the trees came back, the survey camp became a biological station.

In the 1930’s a series of fires destroyed the mills and most of the town of Pellston. Today the surviving downtown buildings house Antiques Art & Collectibles, one of the most beautiful antiques stores in the world, which provides an anchor for five other antique stores in town.  Other businesses cater to travelers and locals looking for provisions, food and supplies.

When the log mill dam was removed in the 1940’s the beautiful Maple River could flow naturally.  The river trails in Pellston now provide a beautiful walk through the woods alongside the stream and tannin color red falls.  A haven for fishermen and nature lovers, with “walk around town” access to groceries, bank, hardware store, post office, and provisions,  Pellston is a beautiful and convinient place to live, work, shop and play.  

Businesses looking to locate in Northern Michigan will find in Pellston offers robust local economy not only as Northern Michigan’s premier antique-hunting destination, but also with customers from the busy US-31  (6000+ car a day) corridor, from the seasonal cottage owners and visitors,  from the airport and manufacturing operations, and from sport and leisure seekers from far and wide.

Home to the Pellston Airport and industrial enterprise zone, featuring automotive manufacturing; Beef Jerky, Sauces, and Spices;  Jet Service, and Industrial Farming. Pellston is one of the fastest growing communities in Northern Michigan.  

Pellston hosts a regional K-12 school facility featuring an award-winning art department, vibrant sports, robot lab, flight school, trade skills workshops, and programs for academic excellence.

Pellston is a bicycle and snowmobile trailhead for five trails that span three Great Lakes. Featuring paved and gravel trails, which are groomed to perfection for snowmobiles in the winter, Pellston is the perfect place to load up on provisions and embarking on a local or cross-Michigan trek.

Pellston offers several restaurants including the Small Town Grill, Dam Site Inn, and Douglas Lake Steakhouse, and is not far from the Maple River Pub, Hidden River Golf Club, Larks Lake Bar, Hoppies Landing at the Airport, and the Crash Landing across airport.