Discover the Friendly Town of Frankfort Along Scenic M-22
The city of Frankfort lies north of Betsie Lake and along Lake Michigan in Benzie County. Many people come upon Frankfort as they travel scenic M-22...which continues north around Crystal Lake and up to
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Visitors love the downtown area of Frankfort, filled with galleries, specialty shops, and unique restaurants. You can overlook Betsie Lake from downtown Frankfort...perhaps enjoy a meal while you take in the boats that glide into the harbor. It's a quiet type of town, with large, Victorian houses along tree-lined streets. You won't want to just drive through Frankfort--make time to stop and appreciate this special town.
Point Betsie Lighthouse
The Point Betsie Lighthouse is a famous landmark in Benzie County and a real attraction for visitors and residents alike. Located five miles north of Frankfort, the lighthouse sits at the southern entrance to the Manitou Passage and was first lit in October 1858. It sits 52 feet above the lake with a range of about 15 miles. The white tower is attached to the lighthouse keepers quarters, with an apartment that can be rented by the week.
The History of Frankfort
Joseph Oliver is the first known settler in Frankfort back in 1852. An outside investor by the name of George W. Tifft discovered Aux Becs Scies Lake (now Betsie Lake) and development of Frankfort began. Most of the early buildings were erected on Main street, Forest Avenue, and First-Fourth streets. In 1867, improvements to the Aux Becs Scies harbor began, with up to ten vessels arriving daily. A hotel was built, along with stores and a post office. In 1885, the area officially became a village, and with continued growth, changed that status to City of Frankfort in 1935.
For more information about Frankfort, contact the Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce.