Sweet Treat: Black Bean Brownies

Black bean brownies?! You bet! Ingredients 1 can black beans (15.5 oz rinsed & drained) 3 eggs 1/4 c. cocoa powder 3 T. coconut oil (or olive oil, etc.) 1/2 t. salt 2 t. vanilla extract 3/4 c. white sugar (or you can substitute all or part of it with honey/agave nectar! I’ve done it…

The Art of House Moving

Houses On the Move! Why tear down a 100 year old house when you can move it? As you might imagine, moving a house is no easy feat. It involves meticulous planning and man power. After removing or securing everything inside the house, the house has to be disconnected from utilities like electricity and water….

Who Brought Halloween to Michigan?

A few years ago historian Bill Loomis did an interview with Detroit News in which he discussed how Halloween came to be celebrated in Michigan—who brought it here? What did they do to celebrate Halloween? Halloween came to Michigan in the 1840s when a large population of Scottish and Irish immigrants came over. It of…

Elephant Hide Wallpaper

At the turn-of-the-century as Queen Victoria’s reign ended with her death in 1901 and King Edward VII took over the monarchy. The Edwardian-era (“Gilded Age”) began. In Europe it was slightly different than in the United States. In Europe, lighter paint schemes and cleaner aesthetics were rapidly growing in popularity–more pastels, wicker furniture, etc. Americans…

The Historic Hotel Experience

Historic hotels give you the opportunity to stay where history was written. Every  experience is unique because no two people share the same emotional connections with the past. You are enveloped by extraordinary architecture, period art work and furnishings, and are immersed in the same physical space that past U.S. Presidents, business tycoons, and other distinguished individuals occupied. It isn’t only the historic hotel’s property…

The Original Gate Posts

When the Hoatson’s built their mansion in 1908 it had it had decorative iron gates and posts at the front driveway and the also the back entrance to the alley. At some point , probably the 1950’s) they were removed.

Exterior Paint Color Scheme

In 2007, we purchased a gem of a fixer-upper located at 320 Iroquois Street (only 2 blocks from Laurium Manor Inn). It’s still very much a work in-progress but the exterior painting has been completed with the exception of the back of the house. We painted it in nearly an identical color scheme as the original Manor colors.

The First Telephones in Michigan

Cornelia Chynoweth Hoatson, the wife of Capt. Thomas Hoatson,  was born in a little town called Rockford, Michigan. Her father, Benjamin Chynoweth, made a name for himself in 1879 with four friends and a new invention by Alexander Graham Bell called the telephone. From the Detroit News, September 14th, 1930 “Four Men Laugh Last”.. The…

The History of the Pasty

“When the Cornish came to the copper mines of the Upper Peninsula, they brought with them a lot of mining knowledge which the other ethnic groups did not have. The other ethnic groups looked up to the Cornish and wanted to emulate their mining successes.”

The Story of the Calumet & Arizona Mining Co.

The men who discovered, financed, and developed the Calumet and Arizona mine took part of the earth and everything in it and proved themselves men at all stages of the game. Many of their operations were looked upon as sheer madness by experienced mining men of the district but Captain Hoatson and his associates; Gordon R Campbell, T F Cole, Geo Tener, and a half dozen others possessed the courage of their convictions and once they started to operate the jibes charges and croakings of the skeptics simply spurred them on to greater endeavor.

Victorian Hall

Victorian Hall was built in 1906 for Capt. Norman MacDonald. 7,000 sq ft with 6 fireplaces, 34 rooms, and ornate woodwork. Victorian, arts-and-crafts style house.

Copper Harbor Cemetery

Due to the age of the cemetery and the ornate headstones, Copper Harbor Cemetery is a popular place for those interested in tombstone rubbings.