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January 25, 2007
From journal Historic Mill Creek
January 18, 2007
After a quick check-in at the motel, we headed out to Historic Mill Creek, located 3 miles southeast of Mackinaw City. The Family Heritage Pass can be used at this location. The Park is 600 acres of forests, wildflowers, trails, and great views of Lake Huron and the Straits of Mackinaw, as well as historic buildings, demonstrations, and a museum/store.
We arrived later in the day and were lucky to observe the last saw mill demonstration of the day. The presentation started with the saw-pit demonstration by a knowledgeable young man dressed in period clothing who asked for a young volunteer to help him. We then went into the mill, which is powered by a water wheel and a man-made dam from the creek. He explained in detail how the operation worked. We were able to watch how the water flowed to turn the wheel from inside the building and then outside. Interesting fact: this is the site where most of the lumber was processed for the buildings on Makinac Island.
After this presentation we were asked to follow a path past the creek, up the hill to a scenic overlook, and then a short distance to a clearing, where a naturalist talked about the wildlife in the area and answered all of our questions. He was very entertaining.
A person could easily spend an entire day wandering around the park or schedule a few hours to see the demonstrations. The hours of operation are seasonal. Visit their website at www.mackinacparks.com.
From journal Summer Vacation