Rough and Ready Corners was located at the intersection of Stark and Plymouth Roads. With its general store, tap room, and immense barns, it was a favorite resting place for the drivers and horses going to or returning from the Detroit market. At this corner was the toll gate for the Plymouth Plank Road, the only such gate in the township. The Corners also boasted two blacksmith shops, a cabinet shop and a cooperage, where Amos Pickett made barrels.
David McFarlane built a tavern on the southeast corner, which was nicknamed the “House of Seven Gables.” As was typical of that time, a picture of a current hero was hung on the tavern sign. Zachary Taylor, a hero of the Mexican War at that time, adorned the sign of McFarlane’s inn, and his nickname, “Old Rough and Ready,” gave the settlement its name.
After the coming of the railroad just north of Rough and Ready Corners in the village of Stark, a rapid decline took place. Many of the buildings were vacated, but the tavern carried on as a dwelling for two pioneers. Unfortunately, the building was destroyed by a fire in the early 20th century, ending an era in the history of Livonia.