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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. Hecame to the United States in 1823 as a missionarypriest. 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