Mackinac’s Forgotten Features

On this guided bike tour, join Kyle Bagnall, Park Naturalist, on a nature adventure back in time. Starting at the Avenue of Flags (behind Fort Mackinac), you’ll learn about features that are long lost or forgotten, such as Deer Park, the Musical Well, Scott’s Cave, Dousman’s Distillery, and Fairy Arch. You’ll also hear unfamiliar tales of familiar locations, such as Skull Cave and Friendship’s Altar. In all, our bike route will encompass about 7 miles, before ending at Marquette Park. Participants should bring a good working bike, a drink of water, and a sense of adventure. This adventure is free, with no preregistration required. Donations welcome! #thisismackinac

Askin’s Men and Women at Michilimackinac, 1780

Askin’s Men and Women at Michilimackinac, 1780, will explore the lives of the men and women, both free and enslaved, who worked for the merchant John Askin at Michilimackinac in the 1770s. Join the staff at Michilimackinac as they demonstrate the various work performed by Askin’s employees, who included sailors, bakers, gardeners, cooks, voyageurs, laundresses, and more. Be sure to explore all around the fort and grounds, as informal demonstrations will be taking place throughout the weekend as well! All events will be included with a regular ticket to Colonial Michilimackinac. #thisismackinac

Vintage Base Ball

A vintage game of “base ball” as it was meant to be played, barehanded and by gentlemen’s rules on the old Fort Mackinac ball field behind Fort Mackinac, the oldest continually used ball field in Michigan! Learn an old-fashioned cheer, watch players fined for smoking cigars on the field, and enjoy a good old-fashioned rivalry! We welcome back the Portland Blue Sox for the 2023 match! Sponsored by Mary’s Bistro and Draught House.

Admission by donation. #thisismackinac

Maritime Michilimackinac

Colonial Michilimackinac was a major hub for the Great Lakes Fur Trade, and its location where Lakes Michigan and Huron meet was crucial to its success. This special event will focus on Michilimackinac’s maritime history. Join the interpretive staff as they discuss and demonstrate the many different ways Michilimackinac’s historic residents interacted with and worked on the water. All special events included with a regular Colonial Michilimackinac ticket. #thisismackinac


Posted in May!