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About Idlewild

Idlewild is a historic lake community in northwest Michigan. Founded in 1912 to provide African-Americans with an escape from the racism and discrimination of the day, it was nicknamed #BlackEden because of the natural beauty of the landscape. It became a major stop for entertainers and was a hub of Black creativity, intellect, and entrepreneurship. Stores, hotels, restaurants, markets, horseback riding, swimming and more were part of the experience. While many of the original businesses, owners and visitors are gone, there is a resurgence of interest, ownership and summer events in the community. Join us. #ExperienceIdlewild