Marquette Park and the Father Marquette Statue
For decades the area below the fort was used as a garden for growing vegetables. Soon after the fort was closed in 1895, the Park Commission transformed this area into a park in honor of Father Jacque Marquette. By 1907 landscaping was completed and, two years later, the statue by Gaetano Trentanove was added erected at the center of the park. Located on Main Street in front of Fort Mackinac. The park is available all year.
Mackinac Island Peace Garden and “Be Still”
Competed in 2015 as part of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The statue commemorates 200 years of peace between the United States and Canada. Located within Marquette Park adjacent to The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum. The Peace Garden is open all year.
Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence
Competed in 1902 on a park leasehold, this palatial summer cottage was purchased by the Park Commission in 1944 and offered to the governor as an official summer residence. Located at the corner of Fort Street and Huron Road. The residence is open every Wednesday in the summer (June 3 – August 26, 2020) from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. for tours.
Located on the north parade ground behind Fort Mackinac, the Scout Barracks was completed in 1934 as a Civilian Conservation Corps project. The Scout Barracks houses Boy or Girl Scout troops from all over Michigan on a weekly basis. Young people serve as guides in Fort Mackinac and other buildings. The program began in 1929 with a group of Eagle Scouts from southwest Michigan, among them future President Gerald R. Ford. The barracks are not open to the public.
This memorial, on the bluff to the east of the fort, to novelist and travel writer Constance Fenimore Woolson was erected in 1916. The bronze plaque and granite benches are in a lovely shaded area on the brow of the bluff overlooking the town and harbor. Woolson summered on Mackinac Island beginning in 1855 and set her novel Anne on the island.
Located on the west end of the East Bluff, the Cass Monument recalls the distinguished career of Lewis Cass, who served as governor of Michigan Territory, U.S. Secretary of War, Secretary of State and U.S. Senator from Michigan.
This natural wonder of Mackinac was used as a hideout by Alexander Henry following the June 2, 1763 attack on Fort Michilimackinac during Pontiac’s Uprising. Henry was one of the few British survivors and was taken by his friend, Ojibwa Chief Wawatam, to Mackinac Island to protect him. Henry reported that the cave was filled with human skulls and bones. Located at the intersection of Rifle Range Road and Garrison Road.
The three island cemeteries are located on Garrison Road. The oldest is the Fort Mackinac Post Cemetery, with the earliest interments probably occurring in the 1820s. As early as 1852, island residents began burying their dead near the post cemetery and moving burials from the old Catholic and Protestant cemeteries in town.
During the War of 1812, the British constructed a small fort on the highest point of the island, to better protect Fort Mackinac. Originally named Fort George, it was renamed by the Americans, following their return in 1815. The Americans continued to man the outpost for a few years, but eventually abandoned it. In 1934 a reconstruction, carried out by the Works Progress Administration and based on original plans, was completed. It was replaced by the current version in 2015.
The 1814 Battlefield, now the home of Wawashkamo Golf Course, is located on British Landing Road. Here Americans attempted to recapture the island from the British, late in the War of 1812. The British won the battle, and only returned Mackinac Island to the United States following the Treaty of Ghent the following year.
Here British soldiers landed during their successful attack and capture of Fort Mackinac on July 16 and 17, 1812.
British Landing Nature Center
Located across from British Landing and includes information on the geology, plants, habitats and wildlife found on the island. Open May 23 – August 22, 2020.
Located on Lake Shore Boulevard below Arch Rock, Dwightwood Springs is the most famous of the natural flows of clear, cold water that dot the island. The pergola and benches were donated in memory of Dwight Wood, son of Edwin O. Wood, an early summer cottager and member of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission.
Located near Fort Holmes, Point Lookout offers an incredible view of Sugar Loaf, Lake Huron, and the Les Cheneaux Islands. A staircase near Point Lookout takes visitors down to Sugar Loaf.
Located on Fort Street in Marquette Park, this reconstruction commemorates the Jesuit Mission established on the island in 1670-71 by Fr. Claude Dablon and Jacques Marquette. Dablon had arrived in the winter and was joined in the spring by Marquette, who was traveling with a roving band of Huron who had been seeking a home ever since they were driven out of southern Ontario by Iroquois warriors in the 1650s.
Somewhere in Time Gazebo
The Somewhere in Time Gazebo is situated on a wooded bluff just east of Fort Mackinac, overlooking Marquette Park, the village of Mackinac Island, and Straits of Mackinac. This is the original gazebo from the movie Somewhere in Time, filmed on Mackinac Island. The romantic period drama, starring Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve, was in shot 1979 and released in 1980. The gazebo, constructed for and used in scenes in the movie, remained on the island after filming. It was restored and moved to its current location in 2005.
Located on Main Street in the eastern end of Mackinac Island’s historic downtown, Mission Church is Michigan’s oldest surviving church building. It is also the earliest surviving example of a New England Style church in the Midwest. Simple and elegant it was constructed by the island’s first Protestant congregation in 1830.