The best way to understand and appreciate the history of the Newberry area is to visit its museums and historical sites. The histories of our local communities are a part of the bigger story of the country because natural resources from the Upper Peninsula were critical in the building of our nation. Our museums and historical sites play an important role in preserving these histories and telling stories about men and women who worked and lived in Tahquamenon Country.
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Michigan lumber was some of the most desired in the nation from the mid-1800s into the 1900s. Logging in the Upper Peninsula became increasingly common in the late 1800s as the virgin stands in the Lower Peninsula became depleted. Logging is an exhaustive and dangerous endeavor and the men and women who came to work at the lumber camps were extremely hardy and hardworking. The Tahquamenon Logging Museum tells their stories. Located 1.5 miles north of Newberry on M-123, the museum, park and buildings house a fascinating collection of artifacts and memorabilia from the lumberjack days. Visitors marvel at the amount of work it took to get big timber out of the woods and to the mills.
The C.C.C. was a voluntary government work relief program from April 1933 to July 1942 for young, unemployed and usually unmarried men. Enrollees were involved in a wide range of projects, including structural improvements to or the construction of buildings, bridges and roads along with flood control, forest and wildlife management and a wide range of other work. The original C.C.C. buildings feature photographs, furniture, period clothing, models and original logging equipment.
Dedicated in June 2002, C.C.C. Statue Chapter #161 depicts a young C.C.C. worker. This beautiful bronze sculpture was made in France and commemorates the dedication and spirit of the men who served in the organization.
Tahquamenon Logging Museum is also home to a tranquil hiking trail through 29 acres of Tahquamenon Forest. Stroll along the boardwalk and nature trail up to the Tahquamenon River. Hikers may see blue herons, ducks, seasonal migrating birds, whitetail deer and other wildlife..
At the authentic Cook Shack, you can enjoy a real lumberjack breakfast. Volunteers at the Tahquamenon Logging Museum cook these old-fashioned meals over a wood stove with homemade care and goodness. Portions are huge; just like days of old and you won't leave hungry.
Also, be sure to visit the gift shop for souvenirs, books, clothing, and gifts.
If you are interested in the history of logging in the region, be sure to visit Muskallonge Lake State Park, which is at the former site of Deer Park, a lumbering town in the late 1880s.
411 W. Harrie St., Newberry | June-Labor Day, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 1-4 p.m. | Learn more
The Luce County Historical Museum is listed as a State and National Historic Site and comprises the Luce County Jail and Sheriff's residence. The building was constructed in 1894 in Queen Anne style, complete with turrets, arches and unique brickwork. In 1975, the Luce County Historical Society saved this building and restored it to its former glory.
The Sheriff's office displays office equipment and the lower men's jail cells house records, books, maps, pictures and artifacts. The renovated upper jail cells, which were used for women and children, contain one of the original jail cells, a laundry room and artifacts. Visitors can also see the original judge's bench and witness stand from the original courthouse. Additionally, on display are a kitchen, dining room, bedroom, old-fashioned schoolroom, sewing room, art and a Native American exhibit.
Besides the museums, historical markers are a great way to learn about the history of Tahquamenon Country. Several include:
While enjoying the natural beauty of and sporting opportunities in the Newberry area, be sure to take some time to learn about the fascinating history of the area. Please contact us if you are looking for more information or would like help with planning your trip.