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William McGulpin House

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c. 1780. Fort St. at Market St.
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

Constructed of logs with dovetailed corners, this little house may have been moved to Mackinac Island from Fort Michilimackinac. Perhaps it was used originally as a summer house for transient fur traders. After 1817 it was made a year-round residence and the windows were enlarged, the interior walls lathed and plastered, and the exterior covered with beaded clapboarding. In 1982 the Mackinac Island State Park Commission purchased the building. Concealed beneath asbestos shingles and later additions is a good example of eighteenth-century French Canadian domestic architecture. It was moved from its previous location behind Ste. Anne Church, restored, and opened to the public in 1983.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "William McGulpin House", [Mackinac Island, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 566-566.

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