On Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, a Michigan Historical Commission Marker was installed at the Peter Dougherty House on Mission Road in the heart of Old Mission. A short event was held in front of the home in partnership with The Peter Dougherty Society.
I was in the U.P. for the weekend, but Chris Rieser, Treasurer of the Peter Dougherty Society, sent along some photos of the event. Thanks so much, Chris!
The historic “Mission House,” located at 18459 Mission Road in Old Mission, Michigan, is the oldest post and beam home in Northwest Michigan. It was built in 1842 by the Reverend Peter Dougherty, who moved to the Grand Traverse Region in 1839, sent by the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Mission to establish a church and school for the Native Americans who inhabited the area. Read more about the home’s history here.
The dedication ceremony included remarks by Bill Cole, Board President of the Peter Dougherty Society; Rob Manigold, Peninsula Township Supervisor; Amanda Reintjes, Field Representative of the Michigan Historical Preservation Network; and Thomas Truscott, Michigan Historical Commissioner.
For more info about the Peter Dougherty Society, visit their website or contact Chris Rieser at (269) 330-0026 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Bill Cole, (231) 223-8778.
Credit for Photos Below: Chris Rieser
We need your support...
At a time when newspapers across the country are dying in droves, small community newspapers like Old Mission Gazette are the wave of the future. Owners Tim and Jane Boursaw are devoted to the Old Mission Peninsula community, but we need your ongoing support to keep delivering OMP news, history, photos, events and more. We rely on generous reader support to keep doing what we do, and every contribution, big or small, is valuable. Click HERE to support Old Mission Gazette. Thank you!