Located in Berrien County, in Southwest Michigan, Baroda is a town nestled amongst rolling hills, world-renowned vineyards, and orchards brimming with fresh fruit one. Baroda is a jewel in the heart of Michigan’s wine country.
Baroda was first platted in 1860 when a pioneer from the Midwest, Michael Hauser, set out for Southwest Michigan with the hope of establishing a village. He was able to stake out over 240 acres, and the seeds for Baroda were planted. Thanks to its location close to fertile soil, the town grew considerably, and it was eventually incorporated as a village in 1907. The town is named after Baroda, also known as “Vadodara,” in Gujarat, India.
The Lakeshore Public Schools serve the Baroda area, with five schools serving grades K-12. Hollywood, Roosevelt, and Stewart Elementary serve grades K-5, with a middle and high school serving grades 6-12. Lakeshore High School was ranked 32nd out of over 800 high schools in Michigan, ranking them in the top 4% at the state level, and in the top 11% nationally. Baroda is located a short drive from Interstates 94 and 196, and Amtrak Service is available in nearby Niles.
Baroda has two parks in the village center featuring public tennis courts, basketball courts and playground equipment. Baroda Village Park also has a picnic pavilion, and is located along Hickory Creek. The village’s annual fireworks display every July 3rd is extremely popular in the area, as well as Barodafest, an annual family festival held the Saturday after Labor Day. Over a dozen wineries are located within a few miles of Baroda, as well as apple, peach, and berry orchards, where guests can visit and pick their own fruit.