I’m sad to say that this is my fourth and final (for now) post about my weekend getaway to Cedarville, Michigan. I can’t wait to see what the end of the summer holds when I get back up there again. I do have some other summer travel lined up that I can’t wait to share with you guys! It feels so good to be back in the writing and traveling groove again. Life is all about taking chances on my new journey and it’s been an amazing ride so far.
To get here I had to push through and do some shoving, but I managed. Then we had some nighttime smiles and shenanigans at Cattails while I spent the rest of the weekend getting in tune with nature and finding myself again.
It all started with this book: Hessel, Cedarville, and the Les Cheneaux Islands (Images of America) by Deborah I. Gouin and the Les Cheneaux Historical Association.
And this page:
Saturday I decided to take it out on the deck with me and give it a read through. When I was done, Kelly picked it up and ended up intrigued just as much as I was about the Native American cemetery in Hessel called Old Mission Indian Cemetery.
When we headed out to restock our booze (LOL 😉 ), we asked the cashier how to get there and off we went.
Hessel, literally just down the road, was a quick trip. We found the small, but powerful cemetery in no time.
Old Mission Indian Cemetery is tucked beside Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church on Lake Huron in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This cemetery could date back to the 1700s and today it still serves as a burial ground for the Ojibwa (Chippewa) members of the Sault Indian tribe and their families.
Fun fact about me: as much as I talk about my Irish history; there is also Scottish and Norse (hello Viking!) But, on my grandmothers side, my great-great grandmother Nevada Robinson is Chippewa Indian. So, it was really interesting for me to stumble upon a cemetery like this.
Majority of the graves are marked with nothing more than a simple white cross. Some graves have a plaque, others have the name on the cross, while others have a cross with a headstone. There are only a mere handful of tombstone only grave sites. One grave is marked with a spirit house which is something I’ve only read about. It was really interesting to see one in person.
As with most cemeteries, for me, there was so much of a presence as Kelly and I walked around. First together, then separate each being pulled in opposite directions only to meet back in the middle.
I’ve always been sensitive to things other may miss. I learned a long time ago, when nature, particularly the trees speak, you listen.
Are you empathetic or sensitive to the paranormal world or things in which the human eye can’t see? I’d love to hear about it.
Robin Masshole Mommy says
That is amazing! We have LOTS of old cemeteries here in New England. Actually I am only 20 mintues from where the first pilgrims were buried.
That is awesome. I would LOVE to visit there and experience that.
Annemarie LeBlanc says
I’ve had a paranormal (?) experience as a child. I was 6 years old and playing hide and seek with my cousins when I saw a white glowing creature standing beside a tree in my grandmother’s backyard. Weird thing about it was it had no face. I was not scared at first but when I realized that it was not a person I was looking at, that was the time I started screaming and running in the house. Until now, I have not found out what that was.
Louise Bishop says
What an interesting topic. I was so intrigued, I investigated further. I know a woman from Alaska and her heritage is so important to her even though she was an orphan for most of her childhood. Thank you for sharing.
I love visiting old cemeteries like this. It’s always very sobering and it really makes you think.
Never heard of Cedarhill Michigan before so I think I am going to have to add this to my list of places to visit.
Carol Cassara says
I love historical photos and those books with old pix always attract me. I have a few of them. This looks like a l ovely place.
I love studying our nation’s history, so this is a really interesting look at a place I’ve never been. I appreciate that it is still being used a burial ground. A great connection to those individuals’ pasts.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
I find these types of places eerily beautiful. The crosses next to the wooded backdrop is a strange combination of beautiful and creepy.
Catherine Sargent says
A couple of my friends have been talking about visiting a local cemetery to take pictures. I was thinking about joining them. I am not sensitive to the paranormal, but my son always has been.
Eirey and beautiful all at once! I bet this a powerful spot to visit in person.
Marcie W. says
I have a thing about visiting cemeteries and always find reading headstones fascinating. Dark, maybe, but me none the less.
Sheri Ann Richerson says
Very interesting. I do not like cemeteries at all, but this looks like a nice one. Thanks for sharing.
Mary Edwards says
I’m not really into the paranormal. I don’t think I believe in it..still deciding. Glad you had a great trip
Kelly Hutchinson says
What a great piece of history to see! I am undecided on the paranormal at this time, but I am interested in it!
This is so neat! I love a lot of the historic things around the country and I love the this is closer to home for me. I have native american heritage so I find this really cool!
What a beautiful cemetery. I love visiting places like this and this one looks like a great place to visit.
What gorgeous photos and a great place to check out. Appreciate you sharing this.
I agree with everyone. This is eerie and beautiful. My husband would be so interested in exploring an indian cemetery.
Ann Bacciaglia says
I am very sensitive to things being present that we can not see. It would have been interesting to go to the Old Mission Indian Cemetery.
What an awesome old cemetery. When I was younger I used to love exploring gin cemeteries and finding old tombstones.
Nicole Escat says
I like going to cemetery to give respect to my ancestor. This cemetery looks really peaceful.
Elizabeth O. says
It’s interesting to travel to such a place, it can be a fun learning experience. I don’t know what to feel about the paranormal world, to be honest. I know that there are things we cannot explain, but I don’t know if it has something to do with things we cannot see.
William Sweeney says
I love to visit old cemeteries like this! I think they can be so relaxing but at the same time you can have experiences there.
Toni | BoulderLocavore.com says
I really love walking through old cemeteries. They are the seat of history. Especially those with headstones, you can really learn a lot.
I have to say that is a very nice cemetery. I don’t mind walking through them sometimes. We always have a service in the cemetery during Memorial Day. It’s always lovely.
Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas says
I enjoy seeing old cemeteries. There is so much history in them! The simple white crosses seem very fitting for this.
Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey says
I live in Michigan and I’ve drove through this place a couple of times but didn’t had an opportunity to check out the place. Old cemeteries are fascinating!
Melissa Dixon says
I have always been weirdly drawn to the cemetery. I think there is no place quite as peaceful and beautiful in it’s own way.
Tonia Sanders says
Wow. Thi sis so interesting. What a piece of history to experience. I love cemeteries.
Wow, this looks like a very interesting place to visit. I love finding local spots with our family!
I love learning more about history. We often visit old cemetaries when we are on trips. There’s one in Cataloochee that has always intrigued me.
parpar de real says
Honestly, It’s a nice cemetery and it looks like a nice place to visit
Michele D says
I bet there is tons of history that lies in that indian cemetery. Seems so interesting to learn about.
My husband is a history buff and he loves visiting old cemeteries. Bet he would visit that cemetery if it’s located close to us.
Claudia Krusch says
I don’t like visiting cemeteries, but it sounds really interesting! Love your pictures!
that’s pretty cool that you went to visit the same place you saw in the history book! cemeteries are quite peaceful and quiet!
Ooooo how neat!!!! I use to be all into old cemeteries and stuff when I was younger. A lot of these places have pretty neat histories…