Historic Downtown Mackinac Open for the Season

There’s more to Mackinac. See a blacksmith demonstrate his or her trade at the Benjamin Blacksmith Shop, learn about Dr. Beaumont and his famous experiments at the American Fur Company Store, and explore the history of Mackinac Island architecture at the McGulpin House. Help us celebrate 125 years of Mackinac State Historic Parks!

Admission included with a Fort Mackinac or Historic Downtown Mackinac ticket, available at the Biddle House or The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.

Historic Downtown Mackinac

Historic Downtown Mackinac

An interpreter working inside the Biddle House.

Visiting Mackinac Island during the summer months brings another level to the history that makes the island what it is today. The historic downtown buildings, including the Biddle House, McGulpin House, American Fur Company Store/Dr. Beaumont Museum, Mission Church, and the Benjamin Blacksmith Shop, most located on Market Street, opened June 9th, bringing the rich history of Mackinac to life.

The blacksmith hard at work at the Benjamin Blacksmith Shop.

The fur trade is highlighted throughout the buildings scattered downtown on the island. From architecture to medicine, family life to the fur trade business, religion to native life, the 1820s and ’30s fur trade era is addressed. Each building offers an intimate setting with costumed interpreters where visitors can ask questions, experience demonstrations, and learn more about what made Mackinac great! Admission to these historic structures is included with tickets to Fort Mackinac or The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum. Historic Downtown Mackinac is open through August 25. More information on the downtown buildings can be found by clicking here.