Heritage Village at Mackinaw, Mackinaw City

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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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  • Not knowing what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised to find this hidden gem, lots to do, nice interactive things to do. Very informative and interesting.  more »
  • There were interesting buildings to see. They had plaques to read. You could peek in windows, but that was about it.  more »
  • Great history and nice and peaceful. Enjoyed the buildings and people working it. Everyone seems pretty knowledgeable and friendly. Loved it.  more »
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  • Nice place. Very friendly. They are still putting the village together, but it is coming along nicely.
  • Beautiful setting for a historic village. Lots of interesting historic buildings and equipment from the past on display.
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