Newell A. Eddy (Jr.) built Presque Isle Lodge in 1920. The Eddy family had several generations of carpenters and a “Pioneer style” of furniture making dating back to Colonel Johnathon Eddy circa the French/Indian War. The Lodge’s collection of furniture is significant as it relates to the Arts & Crafts discipline commonly referred to as the “Prairie School”. The first pieces of furniture of the “Habitant Shops, Inc.” were made at the Lodge. The Eddy’s, being from Bay City, and already a business family with a boat manufacturing business, had the facilities that lent themselves to the production of furniture. Demand for furniture outpaced the ability to hand-make the pieces as they were at the Lodge, thus the machine became incorporated. The machine methods and time saving details dropped over the years which led to the more familiar style that today’s generation is familiar with. It is the early “Lodge, Hand Made” pieces, such as a majority of the Lodge’s collection where the significance of the company’s history is to be discovered. This furniture is referred to as Habitant Log Furniture. The over 10,000 square foot Lodge contains the largest known remaining collection. Kathryn Bishop Eckert lists the Presque Isle Lodge in the Society of Architectural Historian’s Buildings of Michigan.
At the time of the Lodge’s construction, it became the fourth large resort/hotel in the area, following The Birch Hill Hotel built in the late 1890s and opened in 1901 (subsequently torn down in the 1960s), the Fireside Inn in 1908, the Grand Lake Hotel built in 1912 (subsequently split up, scaled back, and reverted to a private residence) and the Colony Bar of the same general era, which burned down.
These four large resort/hotels accommodated the many summer visitors to the area prior to the establishment of subdivisions and seasonal/year round homes. The Fireside Inn has the distinction of being the only one of these resorts continuously operated since its inception. The Presque Isle Lodge was closed from 1978 to 1989 when it re-opened as a Bed & Breakfast Inn.
Over the years the Presque Isle Lodge has served the community well – hosting fund-raisers for the Grand Lake Association and Friends of the Library, banquets for the Fire Department, and many reunions , showers, wedding and anniversary celebrations. The Lodge also hosts the opening night reception for the Wooden Boat Show.
The Presque Isle Lodge Bed & Breakfast Inn cordially invites you to stop by and visit this historical building.