Heritage Village at Mackinaw, Mackinaw City

4.4
#4 of 6 in Museums in Mackinaw City
Our village now includes:

• An 1880's one-room school from the community of Freedom, a few miles east of Mackinaw City

• The Mackinaw City pest (pestilence) house from the same era as the school house

•The sawmill that cut the logs for the locks at Sault Ste. Marie right after the turn of the century

• A tarpaper work shack

• A vintage base ball field (yes, it was two words back then)

• An artifacts building

• A community garden

• A community pavilion

• Modern outhouses

An 1897 church from Brutus, a machine shed, a replication of a prominent family's farm, the Stimpson Homestead, are on site and slated for completion in the near future. Educational programs are in place or are being developed to bring each to life.



Our most treasured objective is to educate children through exciting interpretation, participation, and enthusiastic retelling of the history of that time. In a typical year hundreds of school children visit Heritage Village. We invite teachers to bring their students to our Village to "really see what Great Grandma Smith meant about no lights, no cars, no planes, no telephones when she was a girl." High school and college students, home for the summer, fall in love with base ball using 1870's rules when gentlemanliness was the standard and an umpire could simply ask, "Were you safe or out?" and a "ballist' (player) would respond honestly, much to the delight of the "cranks" (fans).
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  • The heritage village was made up of historical buildings brought from other locations and set up as a village. It was a very peaceful walk. There is a garden and an Indian color circle with informatio...  more »
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  • decided to stop here on our way out of Mackinaw, it ended up being our favorite part of our day!!! no one else was there, it felt like a dream. meadows of milkweed and hundreds of butterflies. a lovely serene hiking trail. interesting buildings with all sorts of historical information. highlight: walking up towards the garden to find that, Betty (a volunteer), was gardening her portion of the garden. she spoke to my friend and I for over an hour; telling us stories of her life, of the village, and the world. it was surreal and so special getting to meet her and learning from her! definitely come by if you’re interested in a very unique experience!
  • Being in Mackinaw City and then going down to Detroit on Woodward shows the pleasurable differences in Michigan

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