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Bishop Baraga House and Historic Homes

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Address
455 E. Water Street
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Phone
(906) 635-7082
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Frederic Baraga was born in Slovenia in 1797. He
came to the United States in 1823 as a missionary
priest. In 1835 he be ...
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Frederic Baraga was born in Slovenia in 1797. He

came to the United States in 1823 as a missionary

priest. In 1835 he began working with the Ojibwe

at La Pointe, and for the next 17 years ministered

to the native people across the Upper Peninsula.

During the long winters in the Upper Peninsula,

Baraga used snowshoes to travel between the Indian

missions, and became known as “the snowshoe

priest.”





In 1853 Baraga was consecrated Bishop of Upper

Michigan and its adjacent islands, with the Sault

designated as the headquarters. This house was

purchased for Baraga in 1864. He affectionately

referred to it as his palace. He resided there until

1866, when the headquarters of the diocese was

moved to Marquette, Michigan.





Following Baraga’s departure from the Sault, the

building was used as a Catholic school and later as

a residence for church and school employees. For

a time it housed a museum. It was moved to its

present location in 1986 and opened to the public in 2014.



Visit Other Historic Homes on Water Street:

John Johnston House

Henry Rowe Schoolcraft House

Kemp Coal Dock Office and Industrial Museum



Admission to the Historic Homes

Adult $3 Child $2 Family $8 Season Pass $15