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."
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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.

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.

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.

Operating as usual

Today is the last day to help us name our Gnome. All the suggestions will be placed before the gnomes creator and one wi...
09/15/2020

Today is the last day to help us name our Gnome. All the suggestions will be placed before the gnomes creator and one will be selected, that winner will win a HV prize. One name suggestion per person please.

Heritage Village at Mackinaw
09/14/2020

Heritage Village at Mackinaw

Gull Lake Virtual Partnership had a great day at the village.
09/14/2020

Gull Lake Virtual Partnership had a great day at the village.

09/14/2020
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Join us with a Lynn Evans zoom meeting on Backyard Archeology. Tonight at 7.

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Heritage Village at Mackinaw's cover photo
09/14/2020

Heritage Village at Mackinaw's cover photo

Great day of music and fellowship. Thank you Dan House for bringing all this talent together.
09/14/2020

Great day of music and fellowship. Thank you Dan House for bringing all this talent together.

MaryAnn Tucker Moore has been busy. Another great trail sign will be put up soon. Heritage Village Park has door open vi...
09/13/2020

MaryAnn Tucker Moore has been busy. Another great trail sign will be put up soon. Heritage Village Park has door open viewing 10-2 today and weather permitting music with Dan House 1-4.

Heritage Village at Mackinaw's cover photo
09/12/2020

Heritage Village at Mackinaw's cover photo

What to do on a soggy day and you want to get out of the house? Drive to Hertage Village and take some great fall pictur...
09/12/2020

What to do on a soggy day and you want to get out of the house? Drive to Hertage Village and take some great fall pictures.

09/10/2020
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

If you are free Monday, here is a great program to reboot our lecture series.

September 14 Monday • Historical Society, Lynn Evans presentation, Zoom, 7 pm

“History in our Backyard: Recent Archaeological Excavation at Michilimackinac”. The presentation will cover the basics of the archaeological process and provide an overview of our current project, a fur traders’ residence, including finds from the recently-concluded field season at Colonial Michilimackinac."
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We are blessed with so much history at the park. Here is a older and current picture of the Stimpson home. Come check ou...
09/10/2020

We are blessed with so much history at the park. Here is a older and current picture of the Stimpson home. Come check out our progress.

Ahhh a Gnome resides in the Art Trail. Help us name him. Post your suggestions, we will select winner in a week, who wil...
09/09/2020

Ahhh a Gnome resides in the Art Trail. Help us name him. Post your suggestions, we will select winner in a week, who will receive a art prize from the village gift shop.

Thank you for sharing your creativity.
09/08/2020

Thank you for sharing your creativity.

It's Back to School time for many kids in Michigan today. Best wishes to all students, teachers, administrators, and parents for this very different school year! (My painting is the little one-room schoolhouse at Heritage Village in Mackinaw City, Michigan.)

Education is ongoing. As schools continue to open and many students are eager to learn we offer an amazing park filled w...
09/08/2020

Education is ongoing. As schools continue to open and many students are eager to learn we offer an amazing park filled with history and nature. We are open daylight hours daily no matter the weather. Stay safe, stay strong.

Happy Labor Day. We are so blessed to have many volunteers and members who planed and developed Heritage Village and May...
09/07/2020

Happy Labor Day. We are so blessed to have many volunteers and members who planed and developed Heritage Village and May Woods. Today will be a great day to come checkout their efforts.

So much to see at the village and May Woods. Today looks like a great day for a visit.
09/06/2020

So much to see at the village and May Woods. Today looks like a great day for a visit.

Great day for a hike. Never know what treasures you will find thank you MaryAnn Tucker Moore for the photos.
09/05/2020

Great day for a hike. Never know what treasures you will find thank you MaryAnn Tucker Moore for the photos.

Heritage Village at Mackinaw's cover photo
09/04/2020

Heritage Village at Mackinaw's cover photo

Heritage Village at Mackinaw
09/04/2020

Heritage Village at Mackinaw

https://www.mackinawhistory.org/Here is the link to our website that has more information under the Nature Center tab.  ...
09/04/2020
Heritage Village

https://www.mackinawhistory.org/
Here is the link to our website that has more information under the Nature Center tab. We love that you all are getting outside and enjoying nature!

February 1997By Lynn (Morand) Evans(given at the Mackinaw Woman’s Club)​Last year, Sandy Planisek, editor of the Mackinaw Journal and Marquee, attended a meeting of the Northern Michigan Historical Society, and decided that we should have something similar in Mackinaw City. She contacted people...

Monday Sept 14 at 7 pm Join our first zoom lecture series with Lynn Evans “History in our Backyard: Recent Archaeologica...
09/04/2020

Monday Sept 14 at 7 pm
Join our first zoom lecture series
with Lynn Evans
“History in our Backyard: Recent Archaeological Excavation at Michilimackinac”. The presentation will cover the basics of the archaeological process and provide an overview of our current project, a fur traders’ residence, including finds from the recently-concluded field season at Colonial Michilimackinac."

Our trail blazing team is working hard to make May Woods trails better!! We love all the energy they put into the trails...
09/03/2020

Our trail blazing team is working hard to make May Woods trails better!! We love all the energy they put into the trails. Come check out the improvements.

We just heard from the DNR we were one of the DTE tree grant winners. Operation Shade Tree will be happening soon. Thank...
09/02/2020

We just heard from the DNR we were one of the DTE tree grant winners. Operation Shade Tree will be happening soon. Thank you to the DNR and DTE. Congrats to all the winners as well. The more trees the merrier.

We love all the unique visitors we have. Our flowers are still greeting them.
09/01/2020

We love all the unique visitors we have. Our flowers are still greeting them.

Many people are so excited when they find our village. The called it a hidden gem. We agree. Tell your friends too.
08/31/2020

Many people are so excited when they find our village. The called it a hidden gem. We agree. Tell your friends too.

Heritage Village at Mackinaw's cover photo
08/30/2020

Heritage Village at Mackinaw's cover photo

08/30/2020

Music til 4. Love it.

One more hour of open doors. Music til 4.
08/30/2020

One more hour of open doors. Music til 4.

Beautiful sunrise today. Sunday’s at the Park docents present and doors open today 10-2, music at the pavilion 1-4 hoste...
08/30/2020

Beautiful sunrise today. Sunday’s at the Park docents present and doors open today 10-2, music at the pavilion 1-4 hosted by MAAC.

No matter the weather Hertage Village is open daylight hours for a drive or walk. Trails and buildings offer great views...
08/29/2020

No matter the weather Hertage Village is open daylight hours for a drive or walk. Trails and buildings offer great views.

Finding treasures while hiking the May Woods trails. MaryAnn Tucker Moore Susan Safford
08/28/2020

Finding treasures while hiking the May Woods trails. MaryAnn Tucker Moore Susan Safford

Heritage Village at Mackinaw's cover photo
08/27/2020

Heritage Village at Mackinaw's cover photo

Michelle Karl and her boys enjoyed the park today with plenty of smiles.
08/26/2020

Michelle Karl and her boys enjoyed the park today with plenty of smiles.

Good morning from the village. A bonus rainbow too.
08/26/2020

Good morning from the village. A bonus rainbow too.

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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We visited 2 days in a row because we found out volunteers were going to be there the 2nd day and the doors would be open so we could peek inside. The girls loved it both days!
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!