Greilickville, Leelanau and the Bohemian Exodus
The Leelanau Enterprise has a cool article about the impact of the “Bohemian Exodus”, a migration of pioneers escaping troubles in central Europe during the 19th century. The migration had a big impact on Leelanau County and Traverse City, even to the point of causing a Leelanau village to be renamed:
â€œGodfrey Greilick was the patriarch of the pioneer family that contributed so much to the development of the local area,â€ Robert Wilson wrote in Grand Traverse Legends. â€œThe little town of Norrisville was renamed Greilickville in honor of Godrey Greilick. Each of the six Greilick children made significant contributions to the community helping to establish a legacy for the Greilick name.â€
Godfrey, according to Wilson, was â€œa well known architect and building contractor in Kratzau, Bohemia.â€ Godfrey, who was â€œborn in about 1810,â€ and his wife Theresa, left Europe with the family in 1847, arriving in New York on the Fourth of July. Unfortunately, a son, Ferdinand, died during the voyage and was buried at sea.
Also see our Leelanau on Location article about Greilickville!