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Mackinac Island Historical Sites and Buildings

 
While on Mackinac Island take some time to explore the island’s rich historical heritage. Enjoy live re-enactments of the soldier’s lives at Fort Mackinac, perched high on a bluff overlooking the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge. Step inside the buildings of Historic Downtown Mackinac and experience a time that isn’t so long gone, at least not on Mackinac Island.

Smell hearty stew cooking over an open hearth; run your hands over wool strands on a spinning wheel; hear the clanging of a blacksmith’s hammer as steel meets steel, and then try it yourself. Take time to smell the herb garden; ask questions; see original 18th-century French-Canadian architecture; hear the story of an accidental shooting that lead to a groundbreaking medical discovery. It all happened here—in these actual buildings. Make your story as unique as these buildings and the many experiences within them.

Mackinac Island Downtown Historical Sites

Little Stone Church
The Union Congregational Church on Cadotte Avenue is well-known at the Little Stone Church of Mackinac Island. This historic church was built in 1904 using local fieldstone. The Little Stone Church welcomes both residents and visitors to Sunday worship services. The beautiful field stone church also serves as a perfect setting for weddings. In 2016 they are [...] more...

McGulpin House
The McGulpin House is a gable-roofed French Canadian “pièce sur pièce, à queue d`ronde” (squared horizontal logs with dovetail corners) structure. It was moved from its east-end location behind Ste. Anne’s (“Lot 14”) to its present location in 1982. Based on its construction techniques, it is clear that the house was probably built around 1780, [...] more...

Biddle House
The exact date of construction of the Biddle House is not known. The lot was first owned by John Ogilvy, briefly sold to John Campbell, and then to Robert Dickson. The building is first documented in 1797, but may date to as early as the 1780s. A one and a half story, gable-roofed structure, [...] more...

Benjamin Blacksmith Shop
The Benjamin Blacksmith Shop was located on the west end of Market Street (just past Cadotte Avenue, on the south side on “Benjamin Hill.”). Originally known as “Star Blacksmith Shop,” it was sold by William Jackson to Robert Benjamin and Frank Cummins in 1885. In 1900 Robert’s sixteen year old son Herbert took over operation [...] more...

American Fur Company Store and Dr. Beaumont Museum
The Straits of Mackinac was a center of the fur trade from the late 1680s. Beginning in 1815 activity was centered in John Jacob Astor’s American Fur Company (AFC). The company agent’s home, clerks’ quarters and warehouse were located at the center of Market Street. There furs were processed and trade goods assembled. The Retail Store [...] more...

Mission Church
Mission Church has been restored to its 1830’s appearance. Walk up and down the aisles and see the restored church in its 1830’s-era glory. Open a pew door and sit inside, enjoying the peace and quiet of a church from the past. Each family had their own pew, as evident when entering this [...] more...

Fort Mackinac
Inside the stately stone walls it’s a different time. The cannon blasts, the rifles fire, the soldiers march and history comes alive. The oldest building in Michigan and 13 other historical structures boast exhibits explaining everything from military training and battles to medical treatments to family life within the fort. More than just a military outpost, Fort [...] more...

For complete information on the historical sites on Mackinac Island, as well as events and ticket sales, visit the Mackinac State Historic Parks website or call 906-847-3328.

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Mackinac State Historic Parks – Photos From Instagram

Beautiful fall day on Torch Lake... ...

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Instagram post 2160439622352943543_44000251 Some clouds, some fog, some rain and the Mackinac Bridge in the distance. The boat ride to Mackinac Island is always an adventure. (Some whoop-tee-doos too) #mackinacbridge #mackinac #mackinacisland

Some clouds, some fog, some rain and the Mackinac Bridge in the distance. The boat ride to Mackinac Island is always an adventure. (Some whoop-tee-doos too) #mackinacbridge #mackinac #mackinacisland ...

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Instagram post 2159061697020018547_44000251 Still some vivid for peak fall color in Petoskey - downtown and near the water. Interior routes are starting to get a little past peak. #fallcolors #petoskey

Still some vivid for peak fall color in Petoskey - downtown and near the water. Interior routes are starting to get a little past peak. #fallcolors #petoskey ...

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Instagram post 2158386801873233670_44000251 A truly wonderful fall afternoon in Northern Michigan. Here’s my view of it from Interlochen State Park.

A truly wonderful fall afternoon in Northern Michigan. Here’s my view of it from Interlochen State Park. ...

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Instagram post 2152598612969217077_44000251 You fall color tour comes with a bonus on Mackinac Island - fudge! Here’s the crew at Original Murdick's Fudge pouring a fresh batch of peanut butter Mackinac Island fudge.  #mackinacfudge #mackinac #mackinacisland

You fall color tour comes with a bonus on Mackinac Island - fudge! Here’s the crew at Original Murdick's Fudge pouring a fresh batch of peanut butter Mackinac Island fudge. #mackinacfudge #mackinac #mackinacisland ...

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Instagram post 2152428686237016337_44000251 ‪Cruise ship Victory in the harbor for another stopover at Mackinac Island.  #mackinac #mackinacisland ‬

‪Cruise ship Victory in the harbor for another stopover at Mackinac Island. #mackinac #mackinacisland ‬ ...

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Instagram post 2151577496667895399_44000251 Rise and shine on Mackinac Island... A great start to another fine fall day. #mackinac #mackinacisland

Rise and shine on Mackinac Island... A great start to another fine fall day. #mackinac #mackinacisland ...

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Instagram post 2151333193390129957_44000251 The entrance garden at Mission Point set aglow in the light of the setting sun. #mackinac #mackinacisland

The entrance garden at Mission Point set aglow in the light of the setting sun. #mackinac #mackinacisland ...

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Instagram post 2151226067904655101_44000251 We found a trifecta of peak fall color in these three maples on Cadotte Avenue down the hill from Grand Hotel. Still a fair amount green on Mackinac Island, however you can find some great fall color now and more peak color is on the way. #mackinac #mackinacisland #fallcolors

We found a trifecta of peak fall color in these three maples on Cadotte Avenue down the hill from Grand Hotel. Still a fair amount green on Mackinac Island, however you can find some great fall color now and more peak color is on the way. #mackinac #mackinacisland #fallcolors ...

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Instagram post 2151211239446159539_44000251 Another spectacular autumn sunset on Mackinac Island. #mackinac #mackinacisland

Another spectacular autumn sunset on Mackinac Island. #mackinac #mackinacisland ...

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Instagram post 2149552540483009891_44000251 Chief Nee-Gaw-Nee-Gaw-Bow at Sunday Lake near Wakefield, Michigan in the Western U.P.

Chief Nee-Gaw-Nee-Gaw-Bow at Sunday Lake near Wakefield, Michigan in the Western U.P. ...

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Instagram post 2149281458010109813_44000251 A splash of fall color in the trees, a tsunami of sunset color in the sky... On M-28 near Munising. #munising #fallcolors

A splash of fall color in the trees, a tsunami of sunset color in the sky... On M-28 near Munising. #munising #fallcolors ...

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Instagram post 2148122022512030615_44000251 A panoramic view of the fall color in the Western U.P. from the Mt. Zion Overlook near Ironwood, Michigan. Look closely and you'll see COPPER PEAK in the distance. (Photo taken October 4, 2019) #fallcolorphotos #ironwood #westernup

A panoramic view of the fall color in the Western U.P. from the Mt. Zion Overlook near Ironwood, Michigan. Look closely and you'll see COPPER PEAK in the distance. (Photo taken October 4, 2019) #fallcolorphotos #ironwood #westernup ...

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Instagram post 2147502037104117956_44000251 Fall color is beginning to peak in the Western U.P. Here’s the Big Skier along Highway 2 in Bessemer... #westernup #fallcolorphotos

Fall color is beginning to peak in the Western U.P. Here’s the Big Skier along Highway 2 in Bessemer... #westernup #fallcolorphotos ...

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