In 1857 Benzonia was platted on the top of the hill that leads up from Beulah and Crystal Lake to accommodate Benzie Academy. The academy and its campus comprised some fifteen acres with large maple and oak trees, straddling Michigan Avenue. The academy closed in 1918 but the former girls' dormitory (1909), a two-and-a-half-story brick building, was converted for use as a community center for Benzonia.
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