June 30, 2019 Log Cabin Day Log Cabin Day on Old Mission Peninsula
Log Cabin Day will be celebrated statewide on the last Sunday in June at historic log cabin sites across Michigan. The centerpiece of the local observance is the Hessler Log Cabin at Lighthouse Park at the tip of the Old Mission Peninsula. The log cabin will be open, and music, historic crafts and demonstrations will be featured. This year, the Maritime Heritage Alliance will display the Gracie L (Michigan Boat) on a trailer and also a voyageur canoe. Hours are 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Hosted by the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society (OMPHS), the event is free. Tours of adjacent Mission Point Lighthouse will be available. During this event, proceeds from the lighthouse tours will be dedicated to the OMPHS. In nearby Old Mission, visitors are welcomed at the historic Dougherty Mission House. Recently, the house was raised and a new foundation installed. The house, the restored summer kitchen, ice house, restored outhouse, and grounds will be available for viewing. The event will be hosted by the Peter Dougherty Society (PDS) and there is no charge. Hours are 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Attached is a slide show of Log Cabin Day.
2019-20 Programs Next meeting: First Thursday in September . Activities will happen all through the summer. Please like us on our Facebook page to stay connected or join us. The Dougherty House and Light House will be open for tours this summer.
Founded in 1992 by a core group of citizens concerned about saving the Hessler Log House, the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society continues to work toward fulfilling its mission of preserving historical structures and keeping alive the history of the region.
We joined Peninsula Township and the Dougherty Society to raise the money necessary to purchase, and renovate, the Peter Dougherty Mission and its fifteen acre site. Dougherty founded the mission that gives the Old Mission Peninsula its name. Now, almost fully renovated, the house and programs will soon be open to the public.
The Mission Point Lighthouse Friends was formed in 2015 to promote the educational, archival and restoration support to the Mission Point Lighthouse. Many members of the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society are active in the Friends. The replica of the Log Church of the Dougherty mission near the Old Mission General Store has exhibits our historical society is currently updating.
With the Hessler Log House, the Dougherty Homestead, the Mission Point Light House, and the Log Church serve as visible reminders of the rich history of this area.
Please explore our site, read our newsletters, and other material, and consider joining us. We meet at 7:00 on the first Thursday, September through May, in the old Town Hall, 13235 Center Road, Each meeting features aprogram on some topic of local history. Don't forget Log Cabin Day, the last Sunday in June at Lighthouse Park.
For information about the Historical Society or the Website, please contact us at: email@example.com