Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Open Late June until Labor Day or by appointment
The Luce County Historical Museum, listed as a State and National Historic Site, is located in the old combination Jail and Sheriffs Residence.
The building, constructed in 1894, is a graceful Queen Anne style structure complete with turrets, arches, and unique brickwork that served as the Luce County Jail and Sheriff's residence for over seventy years.The architectural firm of Lovejoy and Demare from Marquette designed this sturdy edifice from rough-hewn Jacobsville sandstone, among the oldest rocks in the country. The Luce County Historical Society rescued this building from demolition in 1975 and restored it as the Luce County Historical Museum in 1976. The Museum became part of the State Register of Historic Sites in 1976 and in 1982 became part of the National Register of Historic Sites.
The Sheriffs office houses old office equipment, and the lower men's jail cells house a fireproof library for records, books, maps, pictures and other valuable artifacts. The upper jail cells, used for women and children, were renovated to contain one of the original jail cells, a laundry room and cells to hold miscellaneous artifacts. There is a fireplace mantle, judges bench and witness stand in the downstairs parlor that were saved from the old Courthouse. Old newspapers, a memorial book, and pictures are displayed in the Stateroom.
Some of the other rooms include the original kitchen, dining room, and bedrooms. There is also an old fashioned schoolroom, double parlors, sewing room, and arts and craft room for displays. In the attic the hand-crafted architecture, including the intricate structure of the corner tower are visible.
Admission to the Museum is free but donations are appreciated. The Museum operates on revenues from publications, memorials, gifts, and membership dues of $5.00 per year
You can find this outstanding Historical Museum
Special tours can be arranged by calling 906-293-8417
Photographs: Luce County Historical Society
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