House in Mourning and Walking Tour of Port Sanilac Cemetery
On September 23, the Sanilac County Historical Society will present again its annual event called House in Mourning in the Loop-Harrison Mansion. In the early 1870's, Dr. Joseph Loop, Port Sanilac's original horse-and-buggy physician, decided he was going to build a house that would impress his wife's family and blow everyone else in town out of the water. The Loop-Harrison mansion was the result.
Between 11 am and 4 pm, visitors will be able to see how death was handled in this Victorian home. A "Mourning Tea," with the grieving family, will be served in the Loop-Harrison Mansion, which will be appropriately decorated in Victorian Shroud. “A presentation of the Victorian Customs and Traditions of Mourning will be made in the Mansion’s North Parlor by Nancy Ziegenbein.” Reports Jolyne Fisher, Chairperson of the event.
Then guests will be able to go on a shuttle bus, escorted by a funeral director, as it departs from the Mansion, at 11:30 am, 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm, to go to the Port Sanilac Cemetery. Guests will be met by re-enactors who will be portraying some of the early pioneers buried there. Visitors may meet Dr. Loop, his daughter Ada and her husband Reverend Harrison, and other early pioneers of Port Sanilac.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and will be sold at the door. The Sanilac County Historic Village and Museum is located on M-25 in Port Sanilac. Any questions can be directed to the Museum at 810-622-9946 or go to www.sanilacountymuseum.org.