Dougherty Old Mission House

  • Address: 18459 Mission Rd, Traverse City, MI, 49686
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    Come soak in the Fall colors and falling leaves surrounded by Old Mission Peninsula history.

    The Dougherty Old Mission House was built in 1842 to house Reverend Peter Dougherty and his growing family. The Mission had been established in 1839 as part of the Treaty of 1836. The Peter Dougherty House has been lovingly restored to illustrate the early history of our region. This historic house has been a Presbyterian Mission House, a farm, a resort, a family retreat, and is now a museum.

    The Dougherty Old Mission House is closed for guided tours for the 2020 season. You'll find a virtual tour of the House, which includes views of the summer kitchen, the carriage shed, the ice house, and the outhouse on our website. You'll find more about the Dougherty House story there as well.

    On-site phone narratives, a display garden, and two walking trails are available on the property. Wrap yourself in Old Mission history while you enjoy the day from the front porch where the innkeepers, the Rushmores, would watch for steam ships bringing guests to Haserot Bay during the late 1800s.  

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