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Brendan Keenan blacksmithing at Log Cabin Day 2017 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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The annual Log Cabin Day is scheduled for this Sunday, June 24, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hosted by the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society (check out their beautiful new website here), the event is free and celebrates the historic Hessler Log Cabin located at Lighthouse Park at the end of Center Road (M37) on the Old Mission Peninsula.

In the mid-1990s, the cabin was moved from the north end of the Underwood Farms development (across from the boat launch) and carefully restored by a team of OMP residents, including my dad, Walter Johnson. Here’s a photo of Dad, and I believe that’s Hedy Quick, during the restoration of the Hessler Log Home in 1996.

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Walter Johnson and Hedy Quick during the 1996 Hessler Log Home restoration | OMP Historical Society Photo

As in previous years, this year’s Log Cabin Day will feature era-appropriate music, tours of the log home, and historic crafts and demonstrations such as quilting, needlework, blacksmithing and more. I believe the folks from the Maritime Heritage Alliance will also be on hand with their replica of a voyageur canoe.

Tours of the adjacent Mission Point Lighthouse will also be available. Have you walked up the stairs to the top of the lighthouse? Sunday is a great time to check it out. During this event, proceeds from the lighthouse tours will be dedicated to the historical society.

That same day, the beautifully restored Dougherty Mission House in Old Mission will be open, as well. Hosted by the Peter Dougherty Society, there is no charge for these tours, available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The home is located at 18459 Mission Road, north of the Old Mission General Store.

For more information, contact Laura Johnson, president of the OMP Historical Society, (231) 223-7400 or Bill Cole, president of the Peter Dougherty Society, (231) 223-8778.

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