McKune Memorial Library isn't as famous as Chelsea's clock tower, but historically it may be even more significant. Built in 1860 in a commanding position atop a hill on the town's main thoroughfare, the Italianate mansion was the last home of Chelsea's founder, Elisha Congdon. Congdon served as Chelsea's first postmaster, as village president, and as its representative in the state legislature.


  • The Congdons of Chelsea, Michigan, Their Ancestors in America and Some Related Lines. Compiled by Ralph W. Muncy, 1972.