In partnership with the Village of Mackinaw City, the Mackinaw Area Historical Society is well underway in their development of the Heritage Village. On approximately 43 acres of land just west of Mackinaw City, visitors can enjoy discovery trails, historic buildings, a covered pavilion, a restored log home, a sawmill and much more.
This year's Historic Festival will be held at Heritage Village on August 2nd and 3rd. One of the highlights of the festival will be the Second Annual Pepper Footraces, which benefits both the Mackinaw Area Historical Society and the Mackinaw City Public Schools Athletic Department.
Heritage Village's period is from 1880 through 1917, a time of unparalleled changes in lighting, transportation, communication, housing, health care and nearly every other aspect of Straits-area living. It also reflects an era from which a precious few buildings are still standing, and stories told by parents, grandparents and great grandparents abound.
During the summer you may visit the village any day. But for tours conducted by docents we are open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 1pm to 5pm. The most common response we receive when visitors find out how short a time we have been in existence and when the Village started is "WOW"! We are extremely proud of what we have accomplished and our members' determination to move ahead.
For more information on our buildings and attractions use our Audio Tour by phoning 231-486-0003 and keying in stops 201 - 213. We are continuing to add stops.
The Mackinaw Area Historical Society offers lively local monthly programs featuring informative presentations on historically significant topics. For a narrative and photos of the Festival, go to EVENTS, where you can also find information on monthly speakers. To learn more about the society or Heritage Village go to ABOUT MAHS or visit us on Twitter (@HeritageVillag2) or Facebook (Heritage Village @ Mackinaw).
Click on IMAGINE to enjoy a digital publication on Living In Emmet County featuring an article on Past President Bill Marvin and his wife Danna spotlighting Heritage Village.