Minutes from beaches on Lake Huron's shore, and Huron National Forest with its 330 miles of trail system and excellent hunting. Come set up your own getaway home base at the unique and peaceful Old Country Church.
Enjoy this central location for the many family-friendly activities which Northeast Michigan is famous for. From self-guided Lighthouse tours to fishing abundant area trout streams, boating and canoeing along the Ausable River, swimming or picnicking at the pristine public parks and beaches of Lake Huron - and so much more - the Old Country Church is a perfect vacation home-base for the places and adventures that are waiting for you to explore in Michigan's great north country!
Several golf courses are also located close by, about 10 to 15 minutes away. They include Greenbush Golf Course, Springport Golf Course, and Lakewood Shores Golf Course.
To start, bring your fishing pole and fish off the bridge in the east branch of the Pine River which is just a quick walk down the road.
This is also a relaxing retreat place for writers, poets, and photographers.
This 125 year old church has been simply and comfortably renovated into a unique country getaway and has a large yard with shady apple and pine trees.
This space is uniquely located in a documented Michigan ghost town, which was once known as a productive lumbering town until the early 1900's when the local post office finally closed due to the dramatic decrease in population once lumbering interests were exhausted. The Old Country Church is one of the last 4 remaining original buildings in this ghost town. It was built from the lumber which was milled right here in this area the 1800's. Slight blade marks can still be seen on some of the boards of the newly restored and refinished original hard wood floors.
Curiously, Fifth and Sixth Street (which still host street signs) mark roads that gently lead to nowhere and fade away into fields of forgotten memories. It is on one of those streets that the Old Country Church is located, there on the left-behind corner of Sixth and Main.
The kitchen, located up on the former "altar" area, is equipped with a stainless steel stove and refrigerator. It has new appliances, Kitchenaide mixer, microwave, pots and pans, dish wear, bake wear, 13 cup Bunn coffee maker, coffee grinder, tea pot, toaster, blender and all the utensils for a complete kitchen.
The living room has comfortable couches and a bookshelf with a variety of titles for your reading pleasure. The television is connected to a VCR, and a large assortment of family friendly VHS videos are provided for your viewing pleasure.
Cozy, modest bedrooms each accommodate 2 guests and are as described below:
- Master Bedroom has a queen size bed and a closet.
- First Guest Bedroom has a double bed.
- Second Guest Bedroom has 2 twin beds and a small closet. In this room, one of the twin beds is an extra comfortable adjustable bed - a guest favorite!
The living room has a futon, and a love seat with a twin fold-out bed for extra guest sleeping.
There is one shared bathroom. It is modern and has a shower and a bath tub. Towels and wash cloths are not provided. Bring your own towels and toiletries.
Because this place is nestled so near to thousands of acres of National Forest land, the surrounding countryside is burgeoning with wildlife. Guests enjoy bird sightings that include cranes, wild turkeys, geese, hawks, owls and Bald Eagles - just to name a few. Herds of deer can be seen both near and far away. At night, the spectacular and nearly unobstructed views of northern and western skies resembles a dark sky park, and it is not uncommon to see the northern lights. Coyotes are also frequently heard howling at night in the distance, and that becomes the perfect time for telling stories outdoors around the fire ring!
Enjoy the use of the large fire ring with a grill top which allows you to build a fire and grill to perfection. Grilling utensils provided. Wood is provided daily, and included in your stay. Extra wood is available to purchase. A picnic table and yard furniture are also available for you to relax with and enjoy.
There is parking for up to 6 vehicles and also plenty of space to park your snowmobile or RV trailer.
Motor home parking is also available (self contained only, separate extra fee required, please contact me for more information).
Beautifully scenic and paved country roads invite you to walk the "4 mile square", or ride your bike even further.
This is a country getaway at its best, far away from traffic, city lights and urban hustle! The pace is slow and uncomplicated here.
The Old Country Church is located just a few miles from Huron National Forest, and 10 miles from the city of Harrisville, Lake Huron, Harrisville State Park, and beautiful Harrisville Harbor.
There are many outdoor activities within a short ride - swimming, boating, hunting, hiking, Michigan's very first Quilt Trail, seasonal Farmers Markets, bird-watching (the habitat of the rare Kirkland Warbler is located only about 45 minutes away!), biking, apple picking, antiquing, or a visit to Amish country - just to name a few. And, on Labor Day weekend, the city of Harrisville hosts the 2nd largest craft show in the state of Michigan!
While you are here, don't forget to visit Iargo Springs and Lumbermen's Monument located in Oscoda, Michigan. It is definitely worth the drive to get there!
I also highly recommend that you check out Oscoda Canoe Rental, and take a canoe, kayak or tubing trip down the AuSable River. They are a great company, and it is an amazing experience that you and your family are sure to enjoy. I personally make the time to take my family "tubing" several times a month during the summer.
Other nice nearby towns (within about 45 minutes or less) include Lincoln, Alpena, Oscoda, Hubbard Lake, Tawas, Mio, and Glennie.
WiFi internet connection is not available. If you have a smart phone with a plan from a company that services our area, you will usually have a good 4G connection, but that does vary. Verizon works fairly well here. Guests have told me that Alltel service works well in this area too, but I do not have personal experience with that company.
Guests have access to entire living space. Relax and enjoy!
First floor entry room is also available for use for coats, footwear and luggage.
I want you to be comfortable and to enjoy your stay. If you need assistance with anything, please let me know. Most of the time, there is someone available to visit with you personally - as members of my family live both to the east and to west of the Old Country Church - and only 1/4 mile away, either way, so we are always in sight!
Please note, there are neighbors nearby.
This is a rural area. Walking and bicycling on country roads is a favorite pastime, and the surrounding roads are mostly paved.
We are located about 10 miles west of Lake Huron and the charming little city of downtown Harrisville. Oscoda is located approximately 25 minutes south, and Alpena is located approximately 40 minutes north.
Huron National Forest is just a few miles away.
Be mindful of the fact that while the address is listed as being "Harrisville", the Old Country Church is not located in Harrisville proper. Remember, the Old Country Church really is in a ghost town, and over 100 years ago, Harrisville picked up the postal route in the early 1900's when the post office here closed. So, the Old Country Church is actually located about 10 miles west of Harrisville - but don't let the location confuse you!
80 acre hunting land rental available for an extra fee.
Outside of hunting season, guests can take nature walks on my 80 acre property of rolling fields and forest located just 1/4 mile away, for free.