Ernest Hemingway's Northern Michigan Connection
Ernest Hemingway spent part of his first 22 years in Northern Michigan. Years later, Hemingway fans flock to the Petoskey area to walk in Hemingway's footsteps.
And there are so many places in Northern Michigan to follow Hemingway. He and bride, Hadley Richardson, loved Horton Bay. The Horton Bay General Store. established in 1876, is the center of business and social life in the village today as it was in Hemingway's day. Hemingway frequented the store as a boy and a young man and described it in the story "Up in Michigan." The store may also be seen as Mr. Packard's store in "The Last Good Country." Hemingway photos and memorabilia are still displayed here.
Hemingway spent the winter of 1919-20 in Northern Michigan and so many favorite places still here today were here when Hemingway was. He once stayed at the Perry Hotel, played billiards at what is now the City Park Grille, spent hours writing in the Bay View Association, and, of course, summered at the family cottage, Windemere, on Walloon Lake.
Each summer, the family arrived by train in Harbor Springs where they transferred to a "dummy train" that carried them to Petoskey and then Walloon Lake. The Petoskey depot is now the Little Traverse History Museum which includes a Hemingway exhibit.
Each fall, the Michigan Hemingway Society hosts a conference in Petoskey where conference goers retrace Hemingway's footsteps and discuss his impact on the literary world. Ernest Hemingay's mark on the world includes Petoskey and is embraced here. If you're a Hemingway fan, Northern Michigan has much to offer.
More Northern Michigan History Links
- Rendezvous in Mackinaw
- The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island
- Fort Mackinac is Filled with History
- Heritage Village Celebrates Mackinaw's History
- Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum
- Mackinaw City Historical Pathway
- Celebrate at Historic Castle Farms in Charlevoix
- Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park
- Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City
- Earl Young's Unique Mushroom Houses in Charlevoix
- The Inland Water Route Historical Museum
- McGulpin Rock Has Helped Mariners Since 1615
- Charlevoix's Two History Museums Offer A Glimpse of the Past
- Charlevoix's Rich History as a Summer Resort
- Discover the Lighthouses of Northern Michigan
- The Little Traverse Lighthouse on Harbor Point
- See Northern Michigan's Working Lighthouses
- The Old Mackinac Point Historic Lighthouse in Mackinaw City
- McGulpin Point Lighthouse Near Mackinaw City Shines Again
- The Andrew J. Blackbird Museum