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Bay View Association, Petoskey

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Bay View was founded in 1875 by Michigan Methodists as a camp meeting "for intellectual and scientific culture and the promotion of the cause of religion and morality." From its beginning, the Association has welcomed persons of any denominational affiliation who have desired to assist in perpetuating the Association's principles and purpose.

By the late 1800's, the Bay View Association had become a pioneering institution in public education. It boasted an ambitious summer university, a Chautauqua series attracting tens of thousands of visitors, and a home-study program enrolling men and women across the nation. During this period, the raw territory where the early "tent city" was built was transformed into a resort community of such Victorian charm that in 1987, Bay View was designated a National Historic Landmark.
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  • After a year of COVID, we booked 3 Sunday night Vespers programs and the concerts and artists were as we remembered truly amazing. Part of the mission of Bay View is spiritual growth and that is why.....  more »
  • As you enter Bay View, you will be greeted by a series of quaint gingerbread houses with a lovely view of Lake Michigan. During your stay, you can enjoy the tranquility of the town combined with an.....  more »

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