Heritage Village at Mackinaw, Mackinaw City

Categories: History Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 35 reviews on the web
The Mackinaw Area Historical Society (MAHS) began with a dream followed by a meeting on July 22, 1996, which was described in the minutes as "an informal meeting of people in Mackinaw City who are interested in starting a Historical Society." From that simple beginning, MAHS was born. The "Articles of Incorporation" were filed by August 21 of the same year. Shortly thereafter the Internal Revenue Service granted tax exempt status to the fledgling organization.

This determination and "get at it" attitude have been the hallmarks of MAHS in the ensuing 15 years.

In the first years of the 21st century, sitting on a porch overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, a few MAHS members and supporters had another dream: A Heritage Village where the history of the Straits area could come alive! In 2004, through the tireless efforts of officials from the Village of Mackinaw City, Emmet County and MAHS, a forty-three acre parcel of land previously owned by the McCormick Foundation and later by Emmet County was transferred to the Village of Mackinaw City for the express purpose of constructing Heritage Village as a partnership between Mackinaw City and MAHS.

The partnership decided that everything in the village - the buildings, the artifacts, the costumes, the history and stories - would strictly fall within the period between 1880 and 1917.
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  • We found this place earlier this year when we visited in the spring! It is a very quiet, low-key place to get away from the tourist hustle and bustle. I was even able to let my then 22 month old son r...  read more »
  • This is a gem, hidden away! We spent over 2 hours going through this historical village - had a personal tour guide, Betty, who was very knowledgeable about the history of each building. Definitely wo...  read more »
  • Great place to add on your historical trip. Check ahead of time to ensure that it is open and staffed. 
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