Historic Sites and Lighthouses
The Cheboygan County Historical Museum (404 S. Huron St., 231/627-9597, www.cheboyganmuseum.com, 1–4 p.m. Tues.–Sat. Memorial Day–Sept., $2) was built in 1882 and served as the county jail and local sheriff’s home until 1969. The two-story brick structure houses a parlor, kitchen, schoolroom, and bedroom in period style, with an adjacent building that contains logging and marine displays.
The city’s Opera House (403 N. Huron, 231/627-5841, www.theoperahouse.org, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. daily, $2) once entertained the likes of Mary Pickford and Annie Oakley. Built in 1877 and later rebuilt after an 1888 fire, the Victorian-style theater serves as a stage for local entertainment and is open for tours in summer.
From the boardwalk in Gordon Turner Park at the northern end of Huron Street, you can gaze out over one of the largest cattail marshes in the Great Lakes. A nesting ground for more than 50 species, it’s a favorite of bird-watchers. From the boardwalk and nearby fisherman’s walkway, you also can see the Mackinac Bridge as well as Round and Bois Blanc Islands.
Visitors might also appreciate the quaint 1884 Cheboygan Crib Light, an octagonal structure that, when deactivated, was relocated from the mouth of the Cheboygan River to the base of the west breakwater on Lake Huron. Now, the pretty white and red lighthouse is an ideal stop for photographers.
by Laura Martone from Moon Michigan, 3rd Edition, © Avalon Travel