Paw Paw Village was established in 1859. In 1867, the Village and Township were named after the river, so named by the indigenous population from the paw paw fruit that grew thickly along the river's banks. (Paw Paw Village and Paw Paw Township). Paw Paw is located in the heart of Michigan’s wine country. This full service community is home 3,534 and is the county seat for Van Buren County. Paw Paw is home to St. Julian Winery, Michigan’s oldest, largest and most awarded winery. Many other great businesses and restaurants call Paw Paw home.