The village of Ovid was originally settled by people from Ovid, Seneca Falls County, N.Y., who purchased land sight unseen in what would be their new home.
Early settlers of the village in July 1836 included Samuel Barker, Jabez Dennison - who was famous as a "slayer of bears," killing 19 - the Swarthouts and others.
The Village of Ovid was incorporated March 24, 1869 and many industries were located in Ovid in the late 1800s and early 1900s, including a cooperage, flour mill, lumber company, foundry, saw mill, tannery, as were numerous retail businesses and hotels. The most well-known business was that of Schafield and Danforth, which manufactured carriages. Ovid Carriage Days, which is observed each year in September, celebrates the industry and its heritage.
Ovid is home to several large operations today, including the Michigan Milk Producers Association and Great Lakes Hybrids, while retailers like Tom's Western Store lure patrons from far and near. Our downtown and surrounding areas offer a wide selection of businesses in a friendly, clean, and safe environment.
The old Congregational Church that was built in 1872 is listed on the state and national historic register, a point of pride for village residents who are equally proud of the school system that serves families in the Ovid and Elsie areas. Sleepy Hollow State Park and Lake Ovid are located just minutes south of the village.
If you are just passing by or plan to stay awhile, Ovid welcomes you!