Fenton Old Town Historic District Roughly bounded by Mill St., S. Leroy, E. Shiawassee, E. Elizabeth, W. Shiawassee, and S.
Adelaide, Fenton - Genesee County
Known as "Old Town" or "Dibbleville," the Fenton Old Town Historic District encompasses Fenton's original area of settlement.
The L-shaped district is centered about a small park, just south of the river which divides the town. It consists of two commercial
blocks, two churches, the A.J. Phillips Library (formerly the office of Phillips, a wealthy lumberman who was the town's leading
citizen in the late nineteenth century), and two small frame buildings, one of which is the oldest house in town (1837). The
district is adjacent to Fenton's oldest residential area.
DIBBLEVILLE Clark Dibble came here from New York State in 1834 and laid claim to forty acres of government land. Known
as Dibbleville, this area was Fenton's original business district. It encompasses the A. J. Phillips Library, two churches
and two commercial blocks. Most of the edifices date from the last four decades of the nineteenth century and retain notable
architectural details. One structure in this district was built by Robert Le Roy in 1837 shortly after he and William Fenton
purchased Dibbleville and named it Fentonville. The village became Fenton in 1863.
Orange - National and Historical Register Buildings
Green - Fenton Downtown Historic District (a portion is still in tact. Still in National Register. Removed from the State
Red - Fenton Old Town Historic District
Blue - Dibbleville/Fentonville Historic District
Not Shown - Vermont House (Fenton Hotel) / Fenton Grain Elevator Historic District (this includes 302 and 234 North LeRoy
Street at the corners of LeRoy and Main Streets)