Fort Holmes, the highest point on Mackinac Island, had been a strategic location for the military during the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. Built by the British and named in honor of King George, the fort was later turned over to the United States in 1815. It was then named Fort Holmes, in rememberance of Major Andrew Holmes who died in battle on Mackinac Island the previous year.
The fort decayed over time, but in 1937, as part of The New Deal, the Progress Works Administration…Continue
In a continuing series this summer, I'm featuring guest bloggers who are sharing their experiences and insights on Mackinac Island. Our second guest blogger, Brenda Horton, who writes her own blog, Bree's Connecting the Dots has graciously shared some of her favorite little secrets about the island with us. Thank you, Brenda!
Returning to Mackinac Island…Continue
UPDATED JULY 3RD: Fourth of July on Mackinac Island is day of celebration filled with events to keep you and your family busy until late in the evening. On this day, Mackinac Island is especially patriotic and feels like a step back to an earlier time in our country's history. American flags and red, white and blue bunting can be found throughout downtown and Fort Mackinac adding to the festive atmosphere.
Here are my…
UPDATED JUNE 2: In Part One of my list of the top things to do on Mackinac Island, I listed several familiar island activities. In this installment, I'll include more, along with a few that some of you may not be familiar with - sort of 'off the map' sights that I enjoy. Mackinac Island has more to offer if you're willing to venture off Main Street and explore sights most visitors never see.…Continue