Historic District

Side Route 0.5 km – 1.0 km

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).

The relocated Block House was where Clergue lived. He started many of the City’s industries including a paper mill, steel foundry, and railway.

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.

Health Tips with Freggie & Hearty Artie!


Did you know that early settlers in North America made grey paint by boiling blueberries and milk together? Eaten separately, blueberries and milk make a great snack.

hearty artie

Take a 2 minute active break every half hour from your desk or chair for improved health.

Challenge Yourself!

  • Test your knowledge

  • Question 1

    Where was the Block House originally built?

  • Did you know?

    The Block House was relocated to its current site in 1996.

  • Question 2

    What is the second storey of the Block House made of?

  • Question 3

    Why is the summer kitchen separate from the Old Stone House?

  • Question 4

    Why was cooking done inside during the winter?

  • You did great!

Think about it…

Mananowe’s name was changed to Charlotte. What impact would this have had on her identity and culture?