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 will be opening for the 2022 season on Saturday, May 28th, hours will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are hoping to open on Fridays along with Saturdays and Sundays this year. We will be open through Labor Day, September 5th. We are in need of people interested in volunteering to be a docent in our museum. Please contact Kristin Benghauser if you are interested at (989) 471-2088.

We hope to have the tower opened regularly. The fee to climb the tower is $3 per person. Children must be 48" tall to climb the tower. We hope to see you this summer.

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.

Summer Calendar of Events:

  • Saturday, May 28th - Sturgeon Point State Park museums and gift shop open
  • Open Friday, Saturday and Sundays 11-4 throughout the summer
  • Thursday, June 9th - Annual meeting with presentation on Ford Motor Company Maritime History
  • Saturday, July 9th - Bailey School small quilt show - 11-2
  • Saturday, August 6th - Family Fun Day - 11-4
  • Saturday, August 20th - 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).

Gingerbread lighthouse

Sturgeon Point Lighthouse in Gingerbread:

Jean Olney and her son, decided to create the Sturgeon Point Lighthouse in gingerbread as a Christmas project this year. Their family has been visiting it every summer for many years, and Jean's grandchildren look forward to visiting it for many years in the future.

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.