Oronoko Township was organized on March 11, 1837 and became a Charter Township in 1988. Some believe that the township was named after Oronoko, an Indian Chief known by the Governor, George Mason. Others believe that the township was named after the heroine in the novel “Oronoko, OR, The Royal Slave: A True History”, published by Mrs. Aphra Behn in 1688. The seat of Berrien County government was moved to Berrien Springs, the heart of Oronoko Charter Township, that same year of 1837.
Oronoko Charter Township is a family oriented community that prides itself on its fruit industry and world-class wineries. It is home to the Berrien County Youth Fair, the largest youth fair in the Midwest. Its conservative character, close proximity to steelhead fishing and recreational activities, the parks and campgrounds, and the Berrien Springs Public Schools make this township an ideal place for families with young children. The excellent fire and police departments provide protection and service to the community.
During the past two centuries, Oronoko Charter Township has been essentially a rural farming community. In 1901, it became the home of Emmanuel Missionary College, a Seventh-day Adventist institution. This institution, renamed “Andrews University”, has added cultural diversity to the community.
Oronoko Charter Township community vision is as follows:
  • Maintain the atmosphere of a family oriented / farming community.
  • Attract more tourists to the area.
  • Encourage light industrial entrepreneurs to locate in the township.


The OFFICIAL location for postings of all meetings is the bulletin board on the front of the Township Hall building.

Information on the Oronoko Charter Township website is provided as a service to the community. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained herein, official information is available at the Township office.



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MONDAY, MAY 28, 2018 -
Township Offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

August 2015
Township Board Approved


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