Mills Community House

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The Mills Community House is located in the heart of Benzonia, on U.S.-31 and just up the hill from Crystal Lake and the village of Beulah. The distinctive red brick building was built in 1909 as a dormitory for Benzonia Academy, became the Mills Community House in 1925, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been used as a public venue throughout its history—a gymnasium, dance hall, meeting location, sponsor of educational and cultural programs, and home to the Benzonia Library.

During the 1990s, a full kitchen and new restrooms were added adjacent to the lower level meeting space and the room was refurbished with new lighting and other amenities. The kitchen provides the ideal space from which your caterer can work or allows the most practical bride a "DIY" option.

The most significant addition was an elevator to serve all three floors, allowing the third floor auditorium to reopen in 2008. Exterior stairs, air-conditioning, and new furnishings were added and the stage was rebuilt. Benzie County Players performances, concerts by a wide variety of musicians, the Benzie Area Museum historical lecture series, and other gatherings, including weddings, are again being held in Mills Hall.

Our large front porch provides a picturesque setting for an outdoor ceremony, cocktail hour and photos alike. The lush green lawn allows for outdoor cocktail receptions prior to dinner & dancing in the Mills Hall, atop the three story building.

The Mills Hall can accommodate up to 200 guests with the use of an original stage, working grand piano and other vintage embellishments. Just minutes from nearby lodging and beachfront ceremony locations, Mills Community House is the perfect location for your vintage "up north" wedding.

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The Mills Community House is a wonderful location for your vintage northern Michigan wedding. A large refurbished dance hall on the top story of the building has tall ceilings, an original hard wood floor and large stage perfect for dancing or your indoor ceremony. This hidden gem is a one-of-a-kind venue in the Benzonia/Frankfort area. Staff is friendly and wonderful to work with, location is convenient and your guests will love the building's historic past!


891 Michigan Ave., US-31N PO Box 421, PO Box 421 Benzonia, MI, 49616
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What are the most important characteristics of Mills Community House in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Mills Community House for wedding events is known for:
  • Banquet Hall
  • Government Building
  • Historic Building

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Mills Community House for wedding events?

Mills Community House offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does Mills Community House offer?

Mills Community House offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party

What services does Mills Community House offer for wedding events?

Mills Community House offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals

What furniture and decorations does Mills Community House have available for wedding events?

Mills Community House offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs

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