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Historical Sites in the Mackinaw City, Mackinac Island and St. Ignace

Mackinac State Historic Parks

Mill Creek State Historic Park, Mackinaw City
As the Straits of Mackinac's first industrial complex, Mill Creek provided sawn lumber for the settlement of Mackinac Island in the 1790s. Feel the sawmill rumble under your feet as waterpower drives the blade. Enjoy living history demonstrations and nature interpretation along the scenic trails in this 625-acre state park.

Colonial Michilimackinac Historic State Park, Mackinaw City
102 West Straits Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
Phone: (231)436-5563 or (231)436-4100
In 1770, Michilimackinac was the first stop for voyagers, and still is. This complete working colonial village is less than a mile from Mackinaw City. A fiddler leads you on a tour of the grounds. Excavations are ongoing within the stockade, as archaeologists uncover artifacts from the original trading hub. Interpreters serve as guides for this 1700's reconstructed fur-trading village and military outpost. Learn about fur trading as you meet British Redcoats, French Voyageurs, Native Americans & Colonial Villagers.

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse & Fog Signal Station, Mackinaw City
Make your way up the lighthouse as a costumed guide recounts history.

Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island
Michigan’s only original revolutionary war fort and has been carefully restored, with 14 original buildings. The 1880’s uniformed soldiers fire riffles, play music and fire a cannon salute over the harbor. Reenactments, games, videos – even a 6-foot fife.

Historic Downtown, Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island’s 1820’s fur trade comes to life in four historic buildings on Market Street amd Mission Church on Huron Street. Watch hearth cooking and creafts at the biddle House, while the blacksmith poihnds hot iron next door. Admission is included with a Fort Mackinac ticket.

Father Marquette Memorial, St. Ignace
Overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, the Memorial and 15-station interpretive trail interpret the period of European contact with the Native American inhabitants of the Upper Great Lakes region. Open Memorial Day through mid-September.

Tower of History, Sault Ste Marie