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Ghosts on Mackinac Island – Sailing – Sail Away Girl

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Hello Sailors,

The week before the 106th Race to Mackinac Island, I wrote about all the reportedly haunted places on Mackinac Island. So naturally I went looking for the Ghosts on Mackinac Island while I was there.

OK not really, but I did try to take a photo of each of the places that I wrote about and could remember. I had to work from memory and I had an extremely limited time to get photos as I had a lawn party to get to!

Here are the haunts I did find and the ghosts that I told you about:

Main Street (Huron Street)

St. Anne’s Church

 

Sail Away Girl Ghosts on Mackinac Island

St. Anne’s Church

History:

  • Church was originally built in 1743 in Mackinac City then was dismantled in 1780 and moved to the island
  • Moved again to its current location in 1827 and rebuilt (?) in 1881

Ghost(s):

  • Phantom footsteps often heard
  • Shadowy figure seen when church is vacant

 Island House Hotel

Sail Away Girl Ghosts on Mackinac Island

Island House

History:

  • Built in 1852 as one of the first Summer hotels on the island by Charles O’Malley; Originally Island House Resort
  • Moved to its current location by Captain Henry Van Allen in 1865 to allow expansion
  • After the Captain’s death, managed by his daughter until her death in 1938
  • Left vacant until 1945 due to heirs’ inability to pay taxes and upkeep
  • 1945 – 1949 was occupied by the State to house Moral ReArmament; then vacant till 1949
  • Property was purchased and restored by group of investors and reopened in 1980 as the Island House Hotel

Ghost(s):

  • Man who committed suicide slams door and rattles the bed in the room he stayed in; footsteps heard in this room too
  • “Charlie” turns the shower off and on in the middle of the night in room 400; rearranges things in the room and electronics frequently malfunction in this room
  • Charlie also haunts room 409’s Jacuzzi and opens and closes this room’s door
  • Charlie is believed to be a man that stayed in room 400 and died shortly after leaving the hotel

Market Street

Biddle House

Sail Away Girl Ghosts on Mackinac Island

Biddle House

History:

  • Built in 1780 with unknown 1st owners
  • 1822 fur trader, Edward Biddle, occupied and renovated house for personal home and fur trading shop
  • Was in Biddle family for decades
  • Purchased and restored in 1959 by local citizens
  • Now part of Mackinac Island State Park

Ghost(s):

  • Voices often heard from outside even though known to be empty
  • Footsteps and other noises have been reported inside
  • Ghost seen wandering outside

Garrison Road

Post Cemetery

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Post Cemetery

History:

  • Founded in 1820’s and is right behind Fort Mackinac
  • 76 unknown buried here

Ghost(s):

  • One woman haunts left rear corner near children’s graves
  • Always seen crying – believed to be  the mother of one of the children buried here

Huron Road

Fort Mackinac

Sail Away Girl Ghosts on Mackinac Island

Fort Mackinac

History:

  • Former British military outpost during American Revolution
  • Fort was moved to the island in 1780 as the Brits thought the island was vulnerable
  • Americans took control of the island and fort in 1796
  • Played a major role in the War of 1812
  • Brits took the fort back in 1812 and Americans tried to take it back in 1814 but failed
  • After the war, the island and fort were returned to the US.

Ghost(s):

  • Haunted by piper player that plays the pipes on the stonework at the fort
  • Two young children assumed to be the children of a Post Commander also haunt the fort
  • Soldiers killed in the area haunt the Officers Hills Quarters

Other reportedly haunted places on Mackinac and their ghosts include:

  • The Grand Hotel (of course Somewhere in Time fans!) – Those buried on the site were moved to Post Cemetery
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The Grand Hotel

  • The Inn at Stonecliffe – Woman whose finance died in battle right before their wedding
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Inn at Stonecliffe

Well I got pictures of quite a few of the haunted places, but not all, so I guess I will have to return to Mackinac Island. Hmm … how about the 107th Race to Mackinac.

Next time I’m here I am going to make sure to take on of the Haunts of Mackinac tours. Did not have a chance to do one of the tours this time. I think I have to take The Dead of Night Tour where you go hunting for ghosts. Now doesn’t that sound better than filling up on fudge?

I want to point out that, unfortunately, my lens on my camera was apparently smudged unbeknownst to me. So that is not a ghost you are seeing in the pictures, it’s just plain old dirt. It’s bummer as all of my pictures from the entire trip have this smudge. Just could not see it on the view finder or I’d of cleaned it up.

Have you visited any of the Ghosts on Mackinac Island? Share your story, I’d love to hear it.

See you on the water,

Sail Away Girl