History lesson: Windows into the past

October 13, 2018

Historical Society opens windows into the past

Commercial fishing, the lumbering era, the life-saving stations of the U.S. Coast Guard and, of course, lighthouses make up Ludington’s maritime history, and all these pastimes and more have been rendered in detailed snapshots to make up the Ludington Maritime Heritage Trail.

The heritage trail is currently in construction, and crews contracted by Lafferty-Van Heest & Associates, the firm responsible for the design of Port of Ludington Maritime Museum exhibits, as well as the heritage signs, braved the chilly winds Thursday to start putting the panels in place.

The Mason County Historical Society has a total of 13 colorful, informative panels depicting scenes from all facets of the area’s rich maritime history at several waterfront locations Ludington.

“They’re nice informative panels,” Mason County Historical Society Executive Director Rebecca Berringer said. “People can use OnCell and listen to (U.S. Coast Guard Captain) Nels Palmer talk about life service stations.”

The hope is that residents and visitors will see the heritage signs and continue down the rabbit hole of Mason County maritime history by venturing into the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum to further explore the

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