Historical society offers tours of Grand Island cottages

If you’ve ever wanted to visit Grand Island but have never found a reason to, the Alger County Historical Society has a unique opportunity that may interest you.

The ACHS will be hosting a walking tour of six privately-owned cottages on the island this Saturday. Many of the cottages were designed by architects and most have been used as summer homes by families for several generations.

“These cottages were built in the early 1900s for the most part and have been in private ownership since then, but very few people, unless you’re a guest of the cottage owners, have ever seen these cottages inside,” ACHS board vice president Phyllis Pokela said.

The tour, which begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, will even go through a couple of cottages built by the island’s first permanent white settler, Abraham Williams. Tickets are $100, which includes the ferry to and from the island, lunch, souvenirs and raffle prizes.

For ticket information, you can contact the ACHS Heritage Center in Munising.