Getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday in Southwest Michigan should always include at least one November visit to Turkeyville just outside of Marshall, Michigan. The Turkeyville farm is a facility perfect for families with children, as they get to experience hay rides, pumpkin picking, pet some farm animals, have ice cream and even see some real turkeys!
As one of the local attractions in the area for family members, Turkeyville is always one I try to mention this time of the year as many people moving into the area do not know about it right away. Turkeyville even has family theatre where they serve dinner on certain days of the week, as well as outdoor festivals on weekends during the spring, summer and fall. There is always something happening at Turkeyville, but the autumn is one of the best time to go visit.
If you like eating Turkey, their restaurant has a wide selection of turkey dishes and other great foods. It is perfect for lunch, or dinner. They even are open for turkey dinner on Thanskgiving, so you do not have to cook if you do not want to. All in all, Turkeyville is a fun place to go for an excursion, and you will always find something fun to do there as a getaway.
Cornwell’s Turkeyville Farm and Restaurant is the official name of the facility, and it is located at the corner of N Drive and 15 ½ Mile Rd, about a mile from I-69 off Exit 42. It has an interesting history. Originally a farm held by the Hawkins family, established in 1836, Asahel Hawkins who had emigrated from Vermont, began with 80 acres of government land and eventually increased his holdings to 240 acres.
After his death in 1881, his son Asahel Myron Hawkins took over the farmstead. He grew
a variety of crops, and held several Convis township civic offices including supervisor, clerk, highway commissioner and justice of the peace. His son Schubail Hawkins ran the farm until 1933. In 1942 the farm was converted to Turkey production and in 1968 the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Generations of Asahel Hawkins opened a restaurant. Today, Cornwell’s Turkeyville Farm and Restaurant still raises live turkeys, and has expanded the facility to include many other attractions as you can see here. A great place to visit!