Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
(l to r) Anne Griffiths, Thena Axiotis-Dahl, Penny Rosi and Amy Lyman; Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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This year’s Log Cabin Day took place on Sunday, June 30, and the annual event celebrated all things related to Old Mission Peninsula history.

The historic Hessler Log Cabin and Mission Point Lighthouse at the end of Center Road/M37 were open for tours, as was the Dougherty House on Mission Road, which recently opened to the public as a museum.

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Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Phyllis (Johnson) Cooley in the Hessler Log Cabin; Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Teri Johnson, Randy Stuck and Heatherlyn Johnson Reamer at Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo

Hosted by the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society and the Peter Dougherty Society, the event also featured vintage crafts such as chair caning, quilt-making, rug-hooking and more, as well as era-specific music and children’s games.

Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Rug-Hooking at Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Craftswomen at Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Rug-hooking; Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Article about Log Cabin Day 2000, on top of the rug that’s featured in the article; Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo

Old Mission resident Brendan Keenan was also on hand with his blacksmithing display. It’s always fun to see a spoon or other tool being crafted as it was back in the day.

Brendan’s mom is Mary Keenan, who many will recall was a beloved TCAPS art teacher (and my art teacher at Old Mission Peninsula School).

Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Blacksmithing by Brendan Keenan; Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Blacksmithing by Brendan Keenan; Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Blacksmithing by Brendan Keenan; Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Blacksmithing by Brendan Keenan; Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Blacksmithing by Brendan Keenan; Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo

Poet, author and Civil War bard Jim Ribby was also on hand to tell stories about the Civil War and days of yore.

Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Civil War Bard Jim Ribby at Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo

If you haven’t been to the Peter Dougherty Home in a while, check it out at the next available opportunity. As reported previously, the Peter Dougherty Society has spent many years restoring the home and adding furnishings, many of them original artifacts from when Presbyterian missionary Peter Dougherty built the home in 1842.

The Dougherty House, the first frame house built between Mackinac Island and Grand Rapids, also includes a summer kitchen and ice house out back.

The Dougherty House and property recently opened as a museum to the public. Click here if you’d like to volunteer to be a docent. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and learn more about the history of the Old Mission Peninsula.

Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
The Dougherty Home on Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Dougherty House docent Connie Sargent, right, explains a display; Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
The Dougherty Home back in the day; Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo

At the Dougherty House, you can also view a vintage quilt from Connie Sargent’s Gilmore Family archives with squares featuring Old Mission Peninsula families. Look for more about this amazing quilt upcoming in Old Mission Gazette.

Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Vintage quilt with OMP names at the Dougherty House; Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Vintage quilt with OMP names at the Dougherty House; Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo

Check out a few more photos from Log Cabin Day 2019, and be sure and check out these historic locales throughout the summer. Click here for Dougherty House summer hours.

Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Teri Gray, right, with her dad Ed Gray (Gray Road Farms); Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
The Gracie L; Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Ornaments at Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Brent Cooley, Phyllis (Johnson) Cooley and Laura Johnson at Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Ceil Heller and Brad Lyman at Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Games of yore; Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Thena Axiotis-Dahl, right, at the Peninsula Community Library tent; Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Anne Griffiths how to play vintage games; Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Vintage games at Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
“Never Fail” vintage corn husker at Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Vintage apple peeler at Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Indian Corn at Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Nancy Heller and Brad Lyman at the vintage farm tools tent; Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Vintage music at Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Vintage display in the Hessler Log Cabin; Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Vintage display in the Hessler Log Cabin; Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Ed Gray Artwork; Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo

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