Join us each year for the last full weekend of July on the very grounds where the first European settlement in Michigan was created when the Sainte Marie du Sault mission was founded here in 1668. This is the same area where John Jacob Astor's American Fur Company, which was chartered in 1808, had its post in Sault Ste. Marie. It is the very site where Fort De Repentigny was constructed to provide refuge for French voyageurs in 1750, and where, in 1822, Colonel Hugh Brady arrived with Henry Rowe Schoolcraft and established Fort Brady.
Before all that, it was the main gathering place of the Anishanaabeg where the adjacent land served as the Wadjiwong (Great Hill) Ancient Burial Grounds; one of the earliest known Anishinaabeg graveyards.