Church of the Week: Bark Chapel, Mackinac, MI

In 2006, the lovely Robin and I visited Mackinac Island during part of our stay in northern Michigan. While there, in Marquette Park (named for Father Jacques Marquette), we encountered a replica of an early missionary bark chapel of the kind first constructed in the seventeenth century by Jesuit missionaries.

Father Charles Dablon was reportedly the builder of the first birchbark chapel, recreated above, sitting below the fort on Mackinac Island.


  1. Is that an active church? Does anybody meet there? If I lived there, I probably would've moved in already.

  2. No, it's a historical site, not a functioning church. But I agree with you. If it were, wouldn't it be cool to worship there?