Sturgeon Point Lighthouse
Tour the 1870-built lighthouse and keeper’s house
Bailey School
A one-room schoolhouse originally operated in Mikado
Lincoln Train Depot
The last remaining depot of its kind in northeastern Michigan

The Alcona Historical Society museums at Sturgeon Point Lighthouse State Park are closed for the 2023 season. The park is open to the public year around. We will reopen for the 2024 Season on Memorial Day weekend in May. Hope to see you then.

About the Alcona Historical Society

The Alcona Historical Society was formed to preserve the rich history of the Alcona County area. The society realizes the value of the past and its importance to future generations.

Members of the historical society provide educational tours and programs, including exciting opportunities for residents and visitors to explore and enjoy our three museums: Sturgeon Point Lighthouse, Bailey School and the Lincoln Depot.

Group tours of each facility can be scheduled through the venue contact person and family picnics, reunions, outdoor parties and weddings may also be booked. Tents, chairs, electricity and parking arrangements are available for a minimum fee.

The organization relies on its members to fulfill the mission on which it was founded; to locate, preserve, protect, restore and record the historical records, objects, sites, and lands of Alcona County.

Members of the Society take pride in their stewardship of the 3 museums and donate hundreds of hours each year to greet visitors and explain the history of the lighthouse, museum and Great Lakes shipping, one room schoolhouse and depot with its caboose and switch engine.

Calendar of Events:

  • Open Friday, Saturday and Sundays 11-4 throughout the summer
  • Thursday, February 22, 2024 - Cassandra Sadler at Curtis Township Library, 2:30 - 4884 Bamfield Rd. Glennie - Historical shipwrecks off Alcona County
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - Ric Mixter at the Alcona County Library, Harrisville Branch, 6:00. Ric will speak about Michigan airfields and the history behind several, including Wurtsmith.
  • Tuesday, April 16, 2024 - Jeff Thomas at the Alcona County Library, Harrisville Branch. 6:00. Jeff will speak on the Storm of 1913, the White Hurricane, the worst storm in the Great Lakes.
  • Thursday, May 9, 2024 - Dianna Stampler, annual dinner at Alcona Twp. Hall, time TBA, Dianna will speak about the history of Michigan made food companies. More information will be forthcoming.
  • Saturday, August 5th - Family Fun Day - 11-4
  • Saturday, August 19th - Bay to Beacon Half Marathon (see website for details)

Newspaper archives at the Library:

Alcona County newspaper back issues can be viewed on microfilm at the Alcona County Library.

  • Alcona County Review: April 27, 1877, through the end of the most recent full year.
  • Lincoln Herald: January 9, 1908 through March 3, 1910, when it became the Alcona County Herald: March 10, 1910 through January 27, 1993 (several missing, however).

Make a Donation:

There are many ways to show your support for the Alcona Historical Society. One way is through our fund with the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan.

You can click the link below to make you donation!

Community Foundation

Contact Details

Call Us
(989) 471-2088
Snail Mail
P.O. Box 174
Harrisville, MI 48740

Thank you:

This website is supported by NEMCOG Regional Prosperity Grant.
The Alcona Historical Society is pleased to be the recipient of a Michigan Museum Recovery Act grant for 2022-23 operational expenses. Thank you Michigan Humanities Council! Funding for this grant has been provided by Michigan Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the American Rescue Plan.