Explore the homes on Historic Water Street!
The Historic Water Street homes are operated through a cooperative effort between the Chippewa County Historical Society, the Sault Historic Sites, and the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
Artifacts in the homes are from the collections of the Chippewa County Historical Society. Many items on display were originally owned by the Johnston family.
The Johnston House and the Henry Rowe Schoolcraft Office
The Johnston House and the Henry Rowe Schoolcraft office located on Water Street in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan give visitors a first-hand look into the lives of the early fur traders and settlers by providing a historically accurate portrayal of their homes and lives.
Visitors to the Historic Water Street Homes can tour the home of John Johnston, one of the first European settlers to the area. The office of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, the first Indian Agent to the area is also on display. Bishop Frederic Baraga’s house is presently under restoration.
The Kemp Coal Dock Office
The Kemp Coal Dock Office is a museum devoted to the industrial history of Sault Ste. Marie. It is located adjacent to the George Kemp Downtown Marina.
John Johnston, a native of Ireland, immigrated to Canada in 1785 and made a very successful living in the fur trade. He was married in 1793 to Oshahguscodaywayquay, daughter of Waubojeeg, the leader of the Chippewa. The couple moved to Sault Ste. Marie in 1793 where they constructed a home, part of which is currently on display.
In addition to historic displays, the Historic Water Street homes provide programming by performers and artisans.