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 will reopen for the 2024 season on Friday, May 24th and will be open Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 11 - 4 through Labor Day weekend. The tower is open from 11- 3:30 Friday and Saturday and 12:30 - 3:30 on Sundays. Admission to the tower is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Children must be 48" tall to climb the tower. The park grounds are open to the public year around. Hope to see you this year.

Alcona Historical Society is largely a volunteer organization. We are always looking for volunteers to help us in many different ways. Please contact if you are interested in helping out. Thank you.

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:

  • Friday, May 24 - Opening day - We will be open Friday, Saturday and Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend.
  • Saturday, August 3 - National Lighthouse Day Celebration - Family friendly activities all day 11-4. Ric Mixter will be presenting during the day. Flyer with more information to follow.
  • Saturday, August 17th - Bay to Beacon Half Marathon and more, Go to their website link for more information.

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.