MENOMINEE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 
 

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The WEST SHORE FISHING MUSEUM

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

  completed its initial ten-year development period and was officially opened and dedicated June 17, 2007. They continue to develop the Property having added a building for a replica
commercial fishing boat, walking trails, gardens and more.

2011 SEASON
 opens
Memorial Day
through Labor Day
Saturday and Sunday
1:00pm-4:pm


The West Shore Fishing Museum occupies the former property of Charles L. Bailey who operated his commercial fishery there from 1893 until the end of the 1940s.

The Museum is located on Highway M-35 about fifteen miles north of the city of Menominee, Michigan.
To enter the Museum grounds, look for signs along
 Highway M-35 at the north end of Bailey Park.

Visitors are welcome to hike through the property and along the
11/2  mile beach which includes Bailey Park located next to the Museum.

 Four buildings at the Museum have been made ready for public viewing.
1. The Charles and Aurora Bailey family home has been completely restored and features period furniture and accessories.

 2. The former carriage garage has been restored and contains early commercial fishing exhibits as well as Native American fishing exhibits.

3. The Bailey twine shed has been completely rebuilt on its old foundation and contains many regional artifacts of  interest such as the Anderson sail sleigh once used for ice fishing, a large fike net with its original wooden hoops, an old wooden net reel used for drying gill nets, wooden fish boxes, hundreds of metal and wooden fishing floats, several anchors and numerous other artifacts.

4. The exterior of the old poultry house has been restored and its interior has been completely reconstructed to become a combined gift shop and meeting room. Antiques donated for sale will be featured items available in the gift shop.

Since 1997, the Bailey Property Preservation Association has been working to develop the West Shore Fishing Museum and will maintain and operate it on behalf of Menominee County which owns the buildings and property. The all-volunteer Association will have workbees every Wednesday throughout the summer to maintain the buildings and gardens as well as develop the boat shelter area which contains five historic fishing boats in various stages of restoration.

Be sure to reserve a weekend afternoon in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to visit the West Shore Fishing Museum!

                                   

For further information, send inquiry to  jcallow1@new.rr.com