Biddle House Private Events

Step into the home of Agatha and Edward Biddle, merchants who moved in around 1830. This was a time of change, and the 1830s were critical to the Biddles for another reason: as an Anishnaabek woman, Agatha and other indigenous people witnessed their culture subjected to immense changes. The Biddle House and the surrounding grounds are available for small receptions.

Schedule & Amenities

Private events may be scheduled at Biddle House from early May through October. All reservations include a 3-hour time block with the exhibits available for viewing. In the summer months, the Biddle House is available daily 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Event set-up and preparation may begin after 5:30 p.m. for reception/dinner functions. No vendor or guest will be allowed to enter before that time. Guests may begin arriving any time after 6:30 p.m. Events and clean-up must be concluded by 10:00 p.m.

In the case of inclement weather, the private event will be relocated to the Huron Road Pavilion, located near Fort Mackinac. This property is not approved for tent usage.

Programs

All historic buildings will be open for guests. A historic interpreter will provide a program highlighting the Biddle’s history and contribution to Mackinac Island. A blacksmith program, located next door at Benjamin Blacksmith Shop, is also available for an additional fee.

Guidelines

— A Mackinac State Historic Parks representative will be available throughout the private event to answer questions about the historic site.

— Decorations must not in any way be affixed to, or otherwise endanger, museum buildings or collections. No tape and tacks of any type may be used to install decorations. Signage cannot be hung on the walls or within any windows.

— It is the responsibility of the group to designate an individual to remove any decorations or other items immediately following the reservation; otherwise, the items will be removed and discarded by Mackinac State Historic Park staff. Mackinac State Historic Parks will not take the responsibility for storage of any items before or after the scheduled date.

— Any special equipment brought onto a Mackinac State Historic Parks site must be approved prior to the day of the event. This includes lighting or amplifications systems.

— Due to Mackinac State Historic Parks’ mission of preserving the natural integrity of the state park, only acoustic music is allowed. Use of amplification and sound systems must be approved by the Group Travel and Special Events Coordinator. Volume will be monitored by the Park Manager.

— Properly licensed caterers are welcome at the Biddle House. Excessive alcohol consumption within MSHP buildings and grounds is strictly prohibited.

— “No Smoking” policy is enforced for all Mackinac State Historic Parks buildings and grounds.

— Electricity is available at the Biddle House, but accessibility to the outlet is limited.

— There are no restrooms at the Biddle House. The nearest restrooms are located behind the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau information building, or at the Mackinac Island State Park Visitor’s Center.

— The historic nature of the downtown buildings features some narrow doorways. Some elements are outdoors on a crushed gravel pathway as well.

Fee

A non-refundable $250 deposit must be made to secure Biddle House for an private event. Deposits can be made via check or credit card.

0-50 guests                                 $750

Blacksmith Program                    $175

Refund Policy

— $250 is non-refundable under any circumstances.

— Cancellations 30 days or less prior to reserved date are non-refundable.

Contact

If you wish to view the Biddle House, please call to schedule a visit. The historic site is open to the public, and you may also view it without an appointment. Dates and times fill up fast and are reserved on a first come, first served basis.

Cassondra Boothroyd
(231) 436-4100
207 W Sinclair, Mackinaw City, MI 49701