Heritage Village at Mackinaw

Heritage Village at Mackinaw Mackinaw City's Heritage Village lets visitors explore life in the Straits of Mackinac as it was in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
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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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).

Mission: To promote the knowledge and appreciation of our local heritage; to foster and encourage the collection and preservation of historical materials; and to stimulate historical study and research of Mackinaw City and the Straits area.

The sun just helps the village smile brighter. Not windy on the May Wood trails. Emmet County, Michigan
02/21/2020

The sun just helps the village smile brighter. Not windy on the May Wood trails. Emmet County, Michigan

Hope you have put this on your calendar. See you there.
02/20/2020

Hope you have put this on your calendar. See you there.

Heritage Village at Mackinaw
02/18/2020

Heritage Village at Mackinaw

One of our amazing board members was honored. We are so proud of you Maryann.
02/18/2020

One of our amazing board members was honored. We are so proud of you Maryann.

Congratulations to GLLKA Board Member Mary Ann Moore for nearly 30 years of outstanding volunteerism at our own St. Helena Island Light Station and her unwavering dedication to maritime heritage education on the Great Lakes. GLLKA co-president Mark Siegman presented the award on Saturday at our event held at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum in Grand Haven, MI. Mary Ann is also affectionately known as the "Queen of St. Helena." - Photo by Wayne Sapulski

Great community partnership.  Emmet County, Michigan
02/16/2020

Great community partnership. Emmet County, Michigan

The Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors welcome a brand new nature trail to Mackinaw City. May Woods is owned by the Mackinaw Area Historical Society and is intended for the public to enjoy. The 2+ mile circuit trails are located behind Heritage Village. Congratulations to the Mackinaw Area Historical Society and everyone involved!

02/16/2020
Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce

Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce

Mackinaw Area Historical Society board member Bill Marvin tells the miraculous story of the acquisition of May Woods at yesterday’s ribbon cutting for their new trail system. Congratulations to all involved!

Heritage Village at Mackinaw

Heritage Village at Mackinaw
02/16/2020

Heritage Village at Mackinaw

An Eagle 🦅 joined us today too. We are blessed to have such a treasured Mackinaw City Park Heritage Village and a MAHS s...
02/15/2020

An Eagle 🦅 joined us today too. We are blessed to have such a treasured Mackinaw City Park Heritage Village and a MAHS supported May Woods Trails system. Emmet County, Michigan

02/15/2020

A few moments in May Woods. Emmet County, Michigan

Great signs for happy hikers young and old. Emmet County, Michigan
02/15/2020

Great signs for happy hikers young and old. Emmet County, Michigan

Bill Marvin shares the history of how the May Woods was given to the MAHS. Coco donated by Audies and cookies from Donna...
02/15/2020

Bill Marvin shares the history of how the May Woods was given to the MAHS. Coco donated by Audies and cookies from Donna Falor. Emmet County, Michigan

02/15/2020

Love the energy of our hikers. Emmet County, Michigan

Thank you to all who joined us today. The May Woods Trails are officially open. Yeahhhhh Village of Mackinaw Chamber of ...
02/15/2020

Thank you to all who joined us today. The May Woods Trails are officially open. Yeahhhhh Village of Mackinaw Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Mackinaw Area Historical Society board members and local hikers all braved the weather to help us cut the vine. Emmet County, Michigan

02/15/2020

Such a treasured area the Heritage Village and May Woods are. Emmet County, Michigan

02/15/2020

We had such a great turn of of supports for the May Woods Trails. Emmet County, Michigan

02/15/2020

Preparing for the vine cutting. Emmet County, Michigan

Hope to see you today at 10 AM to officially open the May Woods Trails. If you can’t make it, look for some live videos ...
02/15/2020

Hope to see you today at 10 AM to officially open the May Woods Trails. If you can’t make it, look for some live videos of the event to be posted. Emmet County, Michigan

We will have hot coco and sweets for the Vine Cutting Saturday Feb 15 at 10 AM. Parking across from the Headlands entran...
02/14/2020

We will have hot coco and sweets for the Vine Cutting Saturday Feb 15 at 10 AM. Parking across from the Headlands entrance. Dress warm and bring your sense of adventures.

Happy Valentines Day.
02/14/2020

Happy Valentines Day.

We have our vine ready for the May Woods Trail event Saturday 10 AM. Thank you Maryann.
02/12/2020

We have our vine ready for the May Woods Trail event Saturday 10 AM. Thank you Maryann.

Heritage Village at Mackinaw
02/12/2020

Heritage Village at Mackinaw

02/12/2020
Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch

Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch

Join us for another great Mackinaw Raptor Fest this year. Spread the word and please share this Facebook post OR feel free to share the flier (in the comments below). We look forward to spending this special weekend of conservation, birding and learning with you all!

Heritage Village at Mackinaw
02/11/2020

Heritage Village at Mackinaw

02/11/2020
Bundle up and join us for our Vine Cutting event 10 AM February 15th hosted by our Mackinac Chamber of Commerce. Our May...
02/11/2020

Bundle up and join us for our Vine Cutting event 10 AM February 15th hosted by our Mackinac Chamber of Commerce. Our May Woods has beautiful marked trails just south of the Heritage Village.

Heritage Village at Mackinaw's cover photo
02/11/2020

Heritage Village at Mackinaw's cover photo

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Wonderful program tonight. Thank you Tayna  from With Feathers Avian Rescue.
02/11/2020

Wonderful program tonight. Thank you Tayna from With Feathers Avian Rescue.

Heritage Village at Mackinaw's cover photo
02/09/2020

Heritage Village at Mackinaw's cover photo

Hello MAHS flock. Our lecture series begins Monday. Join our gaggle and learn about bird rescues. Our nest at the librar...
02/09/2020

Hello MAHS flock. Our lecture series begins Monday. Join our gaggle and learn about bird rescues. Our nest at the library awaits your migration. 7 pm.

One gray day
02/09/2020

One gray day

Heritage Village at Mackinaw
02/07/2020

Heritage Village at Mackinaw

Heritage Village at Mackinaw's cover photo
02/07/2020

Heritage Village at Mackinaw's cover photo

Zivia surveys the village.
02/06/2020

Zivia surveys the village.

Look for these maps in May Woods. New signage that looks sweet.
02/04/2020

Look for these maps in May Woods. New signage that looks sweet.

Hope to see you next Monday at the Mackinaw Library.
02/04/2020

Hope to see you next Monday at the Mackinaw Library.

We completed 2/3 of the South Boundary Trail (2 days to get there). Here we are at that point today.
02/03/2020

We completed 2/3 of the South Boundary Trail (2 days to get there). Here we are at that point today.

02/01/2020

Karen loved the trails. Emmet County, Michigan

Wonderful village walk too. I meet some lively hikers too. Emmet County, Michigan
02/01/2020

Wonderful village walk too. I meet some lively hikers too. Emmet County, Michigan

Address

1425 W Central Ave
Mackinaw City, MI
49701

General information

During the summer you may visit the villiage any day. But for tours conducted by docents we are open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 1pm to 5pm. For more information on our buildings and attractions use our Audio Tour by phoning 231-486-0003 and keying in stops 201 - 213. Hint: we are continuing to add stops.

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Well the family didn’t make it up there this summer but we will be there next summer this is one amazing place love to go there 
I sure have appreciated the sunflowers in Heritage Village Gardens this summer!! Thank you!!
Memorial Day Parade 2018.
Winter wonderland at the Village.
Old wood beam looks to be from ship washed up on shore in front of Clarion Inn in Mackinaw city. Carved on ends with steel spikes in it.
Visit the medicine Wheel at Heritage Village on Friday June 30 th from 2-3 pm , To hear Teachings of the 4 directions and the sacred medicines!