Kerrytown is one of Ann Arbor’s historic districts and part of the original village of settlers here. It was named after the County Kerry in Ireland, the birthplace of the Mother of the person who started restoring this area in the late 1960’s. It’s been the home of Ann Arbor’s Farmer’s Market since 1931, when a former lumberyard was donated to the city by Luick Brothers Lumber Company. The market, located next to the Kerrytown Shops, operates on Wednesdays when it’s not Winter, Saturdays all year round and Sundays as an artisans market. Many of the city’s oldest houses are in Kerrytown, some dating back to the mid-1800’s.
Kerrytown is a tour all by itself, and we often do just that, especially for guests who aren’t mobile enough to walk more than a few blocks. There are plenty of places to eat and shop, and more keep opening. The best time to come to Kerrytown is during the day, but it’s quiet and beautiful at night, and there’s usually no line at Zingerman’s in the evening, but most of the shops are closed by 6.