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Mason’s Small-Town Magic

The small town of Mason is able to proudly stand on its own and step into the sunshine as the county seat.

While other Ingham County communities may fall in the shadow of Lansing’s claim to the title of state capital, the small town of Mason is able to proudly stand on its own and step into the sunshine as the county seat.

Situated south of Lansing, Mason has a picturesque downtown featuring the architecturally striking Ingham County Courthouse, the historical and beloved Kean’s Store Co., and the regional favorite BAD Brewing Co.

Kean’s department store has been a staple of the downtown Mason area since 1928. Kean’s opened as a 5-cents-to-$1 store and has continued to serve the Mason area since its opening. Kean’s now serves the area selling everything from gifts to houseware to crafts. Kean’s also features a delicious candy bar.

BAD Brewing Co. is famous even outside of Mason for its ciders, beers and friendly atmosphere. Out back is a beer garden with a cozy fireplace. The establishment regularly holds comedy, trivia and vinyl nights. Twice a year, it also hosts a large-scale gathering for its summer and fall block parties.

The town prides itself on its family atmosphere, and many families look for houses in the Mason area because of its small-town feel that is only a few miles away from many of the 517’s largest and most sought-after employers and even more entertainment.

Along with parks and trails, Mason is a great part of Michigan’s history for you to experience. It is a true mix of Michigan’s legacy and its natural wonders.


Mason at a Glance

  • Mason was first conceived of in 1836, when Charles Noble, knowing that Michigan was seeking a central location for a new capital, purchased the land and cleared 20 acres.
  • When it was founded, it was called Mason Center.
  • It is named after the state’s first governor, Stevens T. Mason. “Center” was later dropped from its name.
  • It was not chosen as the new capital, but Noble was able to convince officials to make mason the seat of Ingham County instead. Being the new seat of Ingham County, the country’s first downtown courthouse was built there in 1843 and replaced in 1858 and 1905.
  • The courthouse was featured in a scene in the 2011 film “Real Steel.


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