The annual Log Cabin Day is scheduled for this Sunday, June 30, 2019.
Hosted by the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society (check out their beautiful 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, as well as the restored Dougherty House, now open to the public as a museum, located at 18459 Mission Road.
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Festivities take place at the Hessler Log Cabin and Mission Point Lighthouse from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the Dougherty House from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In the mid-1990s, the Hessler Log Cabin was moved from the north end of the Underwood Farms development (across from the boat launch on Center Road) and carefully restored by a team of OMP residents, including my dad, Walter Johnson.
Here’s a photo of Dad and Hedy Quick, during the restoration of the Hessler Log Home in 1996.
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 Old Mission Peninsula 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.