175 Years and Growing! | Zehnder's of Frankenmuth

175 Years and Growing!

175 Years

By Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth

In 1845 a group of 15 German missionaries, from the Franken region of Germany, arrived in the United States. After a 50 day sail across the Atlantic and a trek from New York, a journey that lasted three months, they settled in the Saginaw Valley and named the community they founded, Frankenmuth, meaning “courage of the Franks”.

While dealing with their share of hardships, Frankenmuth prospered and has developed into one of Michigan’s premier tourist destinations.
This year marks the 175th anniversary of the founding of Frankenmuth by those courageous immigrants. While the global pandemic has altered some of the larger festivities that were envisioned, each business is recognizing, in their own way, this historic milestone.

Our flagship restaurant, Zehnder’s, trace our roots to 1856 just eleven years after the founding of our community. For 164 of those 175 years, Zehnder’s has been welcoming guests from around the world.

If your Summer plans bring you to our community please stop in and celebrate with us!

Hospitably Yours,

Al Zehnder, CEO

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