The Old Stone House
House · Maison · Wiigwaam
The Old Stone House and the Block House. Photo: Ermatinger-Clergue NHS
Take a step back in time at the Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site. Discover the way fur traders, pioneer families, voyageurs, and Indigenous peoples lived.
The site is named after Charles Oakes Ermatinger and Francis H. Clergue. Ermatinger was an independent fur trader and a clerk for the North West Company. He built and lived in the Old Stone House with his Ojibway wife, Mananowe (Charlotte), and their children. During his time here, Charles led a group of men to assist the British militia at Fort St. Joseph in the capture of Fort Michillimackinac (now known as Mackinaw).
There are endless possibilities for learning at the Old Stone House, with costumed interpreters, hands-on demonstrations, exhibits, and children-friendly programs. Don’t forget to stop by the Heritage Discovery Centre during your visit! It is the new interactive building where guests begin and end their journey of this National Historic Site.
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Test your knowledge
Question 1Where was the Block House originally built?
Did you know?The Block House was relocated to its current site in 1996.
Question 2What is the second storey of the Block House made of?
Question 3Why is the summer kitchen separate from the Old Stone House?
Question 4Why was cooking done inside during the winter?
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Think about it…
Mananowe’s name was changed to Charlotte. What impact would this have had on her identity and culture?