In a ravine below M-119, north of Harbor Springs, St. Ignatius Church marks the site of a 1741 settlement of Jesuit Missionaries and Native Americans, who called the area “Apatawaaing,” or Middle Village. The current church was built in 1889, and it’s open to the public for visitations, weddings and Sunday mass. To see the picturesque church up close—and Middle Village Cemetery, the serene burial ground of prominent Middle Village Odawa Indians marked by row after row of white crosses—look for North Lamkin Drive on your left, just after the Good Hart General Store. Suggestion: Before or after a visit to the church, swing into the Good Hart General Store and pick up some of their delicious pot pies.

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