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Fort Mackinac and Historical Sites

 
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.

Fort Mackinac is open for the 2015 season from May 4 to October 28.

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.

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...

Mackinac Island Historical Sites Map

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Doud’s Market

Doud’s Market is a family-owned grocery store since 1884.

We try our best to serve the community with fresh produce, meats, beer, wine, liquor, pizza, deli, coffee, and much more!

Don’t forget to visit our ‘grab n go’ section!

Grab a sandwich and enjoy the views of Mackinac in the park or biking around the island.

Homemade bread made daily!

Open daily 7:30am-11pm

Doud’s Market
7200 Main Street
Mackinac Island, MI 49757
906-847-3444

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Thursday July 19th, 2018 - 9:27 am

Doud's Market

Pop in at Doud’s Market & Deli near the Shepler’s Dock daily 6:45a-9p for beer, wine, and plenty of goods to go!! 🍾🍪🍻

#ShopAtDouds #DoudsYearRound
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Pop in at Doud’s Market & Deli near the Shepler’s Dock daily 6:45a-9p for beer, wine, and plenty of goods to go!! 🍾🍪🍻

#ShopAtDouds #DoudsYearRound

 

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I did today enjoyed it

Love Douds!!!!

Love the single beers. Perfect when you want to try one.

Wednesday July 18th, 2018 - 10:11 pm

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Wednesday July 18th, 2018 - 9:36 am

Doud's Market

This morning we offer a tremendous THANK YOU to Chief Jason St. Onge and the entire dedicated crew of the Mackinac Island Fire Department. Due to their skilled work tending to a small fire last night in our building, the situation was contained and we are OPEN FOR BUSINESS as usual. Thank you to all! 🙏🏽

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This morning we offer a tremendous THANK YOU to Chief Jason St. Onge and the entire dedicated crew of the Mackinac Island Fire Department.  Due to their skilled work tending to a small fire last night in our building, the situation was contained and we are OPEN FOR BUSINESS as usual.  Thank you to all!  🙏🏽

#ShopAtDouds #MyMackinac

 

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Thank goodness it was contained!

Oh my goodness. So glad all ok. See you at the end of September!

So glad to hear all is okay!

So glad to hear I love coming to your store your sandwiches are fantastic see you in September

Glad to hear everyone is okay

This is an icon of the island, thank goodness it’s ok.

So glad all is ok

👍👍❤️

Great work to the fire department, keep the place rocking!

Thank God!!!!

So glad to know all is well! Thanks to fire fighters!

Attaboys and girls! Keeping things safe on the island.

praise God all is well! love Douds

We are so thankful!

See you in September. I'm glad it was 'small'

Thankful glad there wasn't a lot of damage.

So thankful all is well!

Thank goidness!! Bakng .those delcious cinnamons n rolls again I bet!!😀-

Congrats to the Fire Department on their work and thank goodness you’re Open for Business! Was just there last Saturday to purchase some goodies!

Way to go MIFD!!

Linda Borton Sorensen did you see this?

#MIFD

25 years ago Doud’s was MY family and a HOME for a summer. That summer and the previous summer before it spent on the island under different employment entrenched a spirit for this place I can not explain. Had this iconic building burned to the ground I too would be in puddles. Thank you MIFD for making sure all was under control after the sprinklers and alarm did their jobs. Also - to anyone on the island reading this - please go visit Steve and let him know his family’s legacy is safe. Thanks to all!

Glad everything is Ok

BEST NEWS EVER!!!! And congrats to MIFD for a job well done! Gotta have our Doud's Market when we come back in October!!!!

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Monday July 16th, 2018 - 6:25 am

Doud's Market

With the first boats arriving at Mackinac, our baker Sam is hard at work on these #BBBMR themed sugar cookies. Stop in today 7:30-midnight for plenty of sweets and staples. Welcome sailors!!! ⛵️🍻😎

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With the first boats arriving at Mackinac, our baker Sam is hard at work on these #BBBMR themed sugar cookies. Stop in today 7:30-midnight for plenty of sweets and staples. Welcome sailors!!! ⛵️🍻😎

#ShopAtDouds #DoudsYearRound

 

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Adorable!

Oooh I wish I were still there -I’d buy some-cute

So cute!!!

Cute!!

Love , I’m ready to come back to the island!

Nice work, Sam❣️ super cute!

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Wednesday July 11th, 2018 - 9:22 pm

Doud's Market

Nightfall at Doud's. Special thanks to Nina B. for this great shot of #MackinacAfterDark.

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Nightfall at Douds.  Special thanks to Nina B. for this great shot of #MackinacAfterDark.

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Wish I were there...

Excellent.... Francis would be so proud😍; He wouldn’t even recognize the store👍👏!!!

It's a great store with friendly people! We were just there!

So pretty..

I hope to travel there one day for a visit.

That's a Beautiful Photo ☺

Beautiful!

Nice!

I am not scared of the dark on Mackinac Is.!

Beautiful!

What a beautiful picture! Captures the true essence!

I'm glad you liked the shot! Antoine Bosse Deneen Smith

Love that picture!!

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Nephew’s of Mackinac Island

Nephew's of Mackinac Island

Nephew’s of Mackinac Island
460 Main Street
Mackinac Island, MI 49757
906-847-3462

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Wednesday July 4th, 2018 - 10:53 pm

Nephew's of Mackinac Island

Happy July 4th from today's crew at Nephews
{missing Colleen, Kyra and Amanda}
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Happy July 4th from todays crew at Nephews 
{missing Colleen, Kyra and Amanda}

Friday June 29th, 2018 - 12:15 pm

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You always have pretty displays in your shop

Saturday June 9th, 2018 - 7:00 am

Nephew's of Mackinac Island

It's lilac festival time on Mackinac Island.
{Beautiful window by our intern, Alexa Painter}
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One of my favorite stores ever!

This is my favorite shop on the island. I buy myself something here on every trip! 🙂

Friday May 4th, 2018 - 10:08 pm

Nephew's of Mackinac Island

It has taken months of preparation to get here but we are now officially open for the 2018 season. Thank you to everyone who helped along the way and for Grace Hanson for all our beautiful merchandising and displays. Stop in and take a look around. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Looks great! Have a Fab season

So super proud of you Grace Jane, looks beautiful!

Have an awesome season! Everything looks beautiful! ✌️

My favorite shop on the island, I wish I could be there , have an awesome season

I hope you have a great season!

Can’t wait to see what Vineyard Vines stuff you have! 🙂

Looking forward to seeing the new island fashions. Nephews is always a stop during our annual week on the island.

Looks amazing! 😍 can’t wait to come up & shop!!

Love your store! See you in June 😊

Always love the big window displays! Never disappointed!

The store looks fabulous ❤️

Beautiful xx

Nicole

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Friday October 6th, 2017 - 11:25 am

Nephew's of Mackinac Island

Our fall sale starts today.
30% off men's and women's fall clothing.
50 -70% off summer clothing.
50% off jewelry
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Our fall sale starts today. 
30% off mens and womens fall clothing. 
50 -70% off summer clothing. 
50% off jewelry

 

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Do you still have the anchor necklace? It was on a short chain and the charm was round with an anchor on it.

My favorite time of year!

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McGulpin House

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, when Mackinac Island was first settled. It may even have been a house dismantled and moved to the island from Fort Michilimackinac at that time.

Origins of the House

Early land records suggest that there was a dwelling on Lot 14 owned by Charles Chandonet built prior to 1796. An 1805 map by Robert Dickson shows a dwelling on the property. The property was sold to Dr. David Mitchell in about 1808 who sold it to William McGulpin in 1817.

The McGulpin Family

William was the son of Patrick McGulpin and Mary Magdelene Crequi. Patrick, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, emigrated to North America in 1776 and eventually settled in Detroit, where he worked as a tailor. William, born in Detroit in 1791, was baptized into his mother’s Roman Catholic faith in 1793. A few years later, the family moved north to Mackinac Island. William grew up on the island. He married Madeleine Bourassa in 1815. For at least part of his life, William McGulpin worked as baker for the American Fur Company. He was also an active member of Ste. Anne’s Church, serving as a warden for several years.

Later History

The McGulpin family owned the property for more than sixty-two years. The west portion, noted above, was eventually torn down and a small addition was added to the east end. It passed through several owners after the 1870s, but remained an occupied dwelling until the 1970s.

The building was acquired by the Mackinac Island State Park Commission in 1982 with the condition that it be moved. A new site was found on a vacant lot at Market and Fort Streets, opposite the Beaumont Museum. All the later additions were removed and only the original log portion was moved to the new site. After moving it was carefully restored with the help of Mackinac Associates.

McGulpin House
Mackinac State Historic Parks
Mackinac Island, MI 49757
906-847-3328

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Biddle House

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, it originally consisted of the current west portion (central hall with flanking rooms and a rear kitchen addition). It is of French Canadian “pièce sur pièce” construction (grooved upright posts with horizontal board infill). The house was purchased by Edward Biddle from Robert Dickson 1831. It is possible the Biddle family had rented the house as early 1822. The Biddles later added the east portion of the house and covered the exterior with clapboards. The interior of the main wing of the house featured fully plastered walls and molded woodwork. This also likely occurred during the Biddle remodeling.

Biddle, a fur trader, settled on the island after the War of 1812. Biddle’s grandfather, William Biddle III, had settled in Philadelphia in 1730, where his father, John Biddle, was born in 1736. John, a British loyalist during the American Revolution, moved to Nova Scotia following the revolution. Edward was born there in the 1790s. In 1819 Edward married island resident Agatha de LaVigne, a young Métis woman of mixed Odawa and French Canadian ancestry. Biddle was involved in the fur trade, business ventures, and politics on the island. As an independent fur trader Edward acted as a middleman, buying furs from local tribes and trappers and selling them to fur companies. He partnered with people like John Drew and William Mitchell in business dealings and held many offices on the island.

Biddle House
Mackinac State Historic Parks
Mackinac Island, MI 49757
906-847-3328

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Benjamin Blacksmith Shop

Blacksmith Shop

Benjamin Blacksmith ShopThe 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 of the shop when Robert was elected Mackinac County sheriff and moved to St. Ignace. Herbert continued to offer the variety of services his father had, including the repair of iron objects, small manufacturing jobs, shoeing horses, and repairing carriages.

By the middle 20th century his services had expanded to that of a small machine shop with the repair of yacht motors and lawn mowers. As autos had been banned on the island by the turn of the twentieth century, shoeing horses always remained part of the operation. Herbert ran the shop until 1965.

In 1968 the shop and its vast array of contents were donated to the Park Commission by Herbert’s family. There was one proviso: The shop building had to be removed from its site at the western end of Market Street. The commission accepted the offer, and selected a new site on the east part of the Biddle House lot. Assistant Director Dr. David Armour and Staff Archaeologist Lyle M. Stone carefully documented the building and its contents during the winter of 1968. The new site was smaller than the original, so only about two thirds of the blacksmith shop could be recontructed. Floorboards, windows, and other pieces were salvaged and used in the reconstruction, and all the objects were put back in approrpriate places. The shop opened to the public in 1970.

Benjamin Blacksmith Shop
Mackinac State Historic Parks
Mackinac Island, MI 49757
906-847-3328

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