Robert Stuart House, Mackinac Island

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The Robert Stuart House, also known as the Agent's House or Agency House, is a building located at 34 Market Street on Mackinac Island, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1965.
The Robert Stuart House was built in 1817 as the "Agent's House," housing the resident agent of the American Fur Company, which was at that time Ramsay Crooks. In addition the building housed other agents and clerks. The Agency House was part of a four-building complex constructed to house the American Fur Company's offices. The other three buildings were a clerk's quarters (now demolished), a warehouse built in 1810 (now the Community Hall), and a trading post (subsequently altered, but later restored).
Also in 1817, Robert Stuart arrived on the island as Crooks's assistant. Upon his arrival, Stuart was housed as a guest in the Agent's House. In 1820, Crooks moved on and Stuart was appointed to succeed him as resident agent, a position he held for the next 14 years. Because of Stuart's national prominence and his lengthy association with the Agent's House, the building is nominally referred to as the Robert Stuart House.
The 1820s and 1830s were boom years for the American Fur Company's operation on Mackinac Island; in 1822 more than three million dollars of furs were cleared through the Mackinac Island operation. Given his prominence, it was natural that Robert Stuart's house served as the social center of the island during this time. However, the fur trade began to decline in the 1830s, and in 1835 Stuart moved on to Detroit. Make Robert Stuart House part of your personalized Mackinac Island itinerary using our Mackinac Island online travel route builder.
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  • Exhibits outlining Mackinac Island history from Native Americans through John Jacob Astor's Fur Empire, through the fish era. No entry fee, but a donation ($5?) is always appreciated. A quick 30... 
    Exhibits outlining Mackinac Island history from Native Americans through John Jacob Astor's Fur Empire, through the fish era. No entry fee, but a donation ($5?) is always appreciated. A quick 30...  more »
  • Nice free stop to get some of the history of the island(small donation requested) Many interesting facts. Worth a short stop. 
    Nice free stop to get some of the history of the island(small donation requested) Many interesting facts. Worth a short stop.  more »

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