CLIMATE: Cold winters, Warm summers
BEST TIME TO VISIT: May-October
Drive 6 miles east of Cedarville on M-134 to entrance of Cedar Campus-Old Mill Point. Follow Cedar Campus Road south for 1 mile to site. Note that both Cedar Campus Road and the site are privately owned. Permission to visit needs to be obtained from Cedar Campus. Visit www.cedarcampus.com for contact info.
REMAINS: Building foundations, Small bell tower
|In the late 1800s, a sawmill was built and Prentiss grew up around it. At its peak, the town had nearly 500 residents. The sawmill produced millions of board feet of white pine and the deep channel of Outer Prentiss Bay allowed steamers to export this lumber to Chicago and other Midwest cities. In the early 1900's, the white pine was exhausted and the town was soon after abandoned. The site today is part of Cedar Campus, a camp/retreat center. Several of the current buildings sit on the old foundations of the original town buildings. Willoughby Lodge sits on the foundation of the former sawmill. The remains of a small bell tower sits nearby. Submitted by: Brian Tjernlund