Travel back to the history and stories from 1880 to 1917 at Heritage Village, just outside of Mackinaw City. Visit a period of unparalleled changes in lighting, transportation, communication, housing, health care and nearly every aspect of Straits-area living. Forty three acres of natural beauty includes buildings that bring history alive and tell stories from the lives of our great grandparents and grandparents. Costumed docents in every building tell the stories of the families who lived there and talk about a time before electric lights, airplanes, and television.
Heritage Village includes authentic buildings. We have the sawmill that cut the logs for the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, the only Pestilence (Pest) House left in the state of Michigan, and a log farm house to name a few. There is plenty of room to enjoy nature.
Take a walk on a nature trail, see an active community and children’s garden, attend class at a one room school house and see the results of the fully renovated Chapel ready to host weddings and life events.
Heritage Village is open every day from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Costumed interpreters are on site Fridays, Saturdays, Sunday and Mondays from 1:00 - 5:00 to recreate history through stories from this era of great change.
Donations sustain us.
EXPERIENCE THE YEARS OF GREAT CHANGE
Annual Heritage Festival
Heritage Village celebrates history every year at a summer festival. The Historic Festival is on Friday, August 4, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. till dark, and Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Heritage Village offers a fun filled family event that celebrates history with historic programs that are free and open to all. Watch a vintage baseball game, ride on a hay wagon, take a trolley ride, play historic children’s games, dance around a maypole, square dance, or watch quilters and spinners. Chat with quilters and spinners and lumberjacks or be a heckler at the historic ball game.