The Village of Sheridan has changed a lot since it was founded in 1866, Sheridan incorporated as a village in 1877 and was named for Union Civil War General Philip Sheridan.
Sheridan was formerly known for its historic water tower. The importance of the water tower was so significant that, when it was demolished in recent years, the village chose to paint an image of the historic water tower on the new one.
Sheridan boasts a population of about 650 people, which is about one-half of the estimated population when the village was a booming lumber town in the late 1890’s and early 1900s. Once deemed as one of the richest stands of pine in Michigan, coupled with the chains of lakes and streams, used to move logs for lumbering, that fed early businesses that cropped up with the lumber camps. Main Street in Sheridan boasted many stores and businesses in the early 1900’s, and at one time there was a furniture and spark plug factory located in Sheridan.