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British Landing

During the night of July 16-17, 1812, a small force of British regulars and several hundred voyageurs and Indian allies landed and occupied a height that overlooked Fort Mackinac and demanded its surrender.  Lt. Porter Hanks, commander of the American garrison of 57 soldiers, had no known that war had been declared.  Realizing that resistance was hopeless, Hanks capitulated without a fight.

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Fort Holmes

A small, wood and earth fort of the southern end of the highest ridge on the island, this is a site constructed by the British in 1814 and originally named Fort George in honor of Britain’s King George III.  Fashioned to protect Fort Mackinac against an anticipated United States attack during the war, that attack came in the summer of 1814 and renamed Fort Holmes in honor of American Major Andrew Hunter Holmes wo was killed in the 1814 battle of Mackinac Island.

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Fort Mackinac Post Cemetery

The Post Cemetery is the final resting place for Fort Mackinac soldiers, their families and local officials.  Although the origin of the Cemetery is lost in history, local lore suggests that both American and British Ware of 1812 soldiers are buried there. Known burials of note include Ignatius Goldhofer, a Civil War veteran who came to Fort Mackinac in 1869. He was buried in the Post Cemetery by his wife and children, when he died three years later. Other burials include Edward Biddle, who served as sheriff, village president and surveyor in the mid 19th century, and the 1880s burial of Josiah and Isabel Cowes, the infant children of Lieutenant Calvin and Mary Cowles.

McGulpin House

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Biddle house

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Benjamin Blacksmith Shop

During the night of July 16-17, 1812, a small force of British regulars and several hundred voyageurs and Indian allies landed and occupied a height that overlooked Fort Mackinac and demanded its surrender.  Lt. Porter Hanks, commander of the American garrison of 57 soldiers, had no known that war had been declared.  Realizing that resistance was hopeless, Hanks capitulated without a fight.

American Fur Company Store and Dr. Beaumont Museum

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Mackinac Island Lodging and Accommodations

Mackinac Island has over 1,500 unique lodging rooms. This is an Island where there are no franchise hotels. Our Island is full of one of kind, family owned and award winning properties.

The Island’s full digital capabilities will always keep you in touch with the real world if you must. Inside each Mackinac Island accommodation, relaxation and business have a respectful and professional relationship.

The Island’s highly trained and courteous professionals want to make sure your stay is as comfortable and accommodating as possible. When you step onto our Island, you step into a world of hospitality and courtesy that harkens back to gentler, golden days.

Those days begin when you choose where to stay.

About Our Island

The jewel of the Great Lakes. Enjoy beautiful vistas, shopping,
and carriage rides during the day, and watch the city
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