Our First 100 Years

In the fall of 1848, Captain Justice Bailey discovered the harbor that was to bear his name as he searched for a safe mooring during a violent storm on Lake Michigan. The storm was so severe that he risked entering an uncharted harbor; luckily, he found it to be of sufficient depth. He remained overnight and decided to explore the next day. He found an abundance of limestone and timber, and he took back samples to his employer, Milwaukee businessman Alanson Sweet. Mr. Sweet envisioned great business opportunities for the new area ...

Read more about the first 100 years of Baileys Harbor


​​Baileys Harbor Historical Society

Take a Virtual Tour!

Our tour booklet describes local historic sites in Baileys Harbor including seven sites that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the official federal list of sites that are significant in American history and culture.

Read about The Toft House (home of our museum), The Globe Hotel and Eatough Residence, Old Baileys Harbor “Birdcage” Lighthouse, and many more sites of interest.