There is a legend of a young woman’s ghost that roams the beaches of Lake Huron waiting for the return of the Sailor she loved. As the story goes Minnie Quay grew up with her family in the town of Forester, on Lake Huron, halfway between Port Huron and the tip of the thumb. Her family owned a tavern in forester, and during the lumbering years in the late 1800’s ships would dock at the small town. When Minnie was 15 years old she fell in love with a young sailor, that worked on one of the ships, that stopped in Forester. Her parents did not want her involved with a sailor, and forbid here to see him. She was not able to say goodbye to him when his ship sailed away. Distraught, she was said to walk thru the center of town, and then walked out to the end of the pier and jumped into the icy waters of Lake Huron on April 27th 1876. She was buried in the cemetery next to Lake Huron north of town and her ghost is said to walk the shoreline waiting for her lover.
After learning about the story of Minnie Quay, I decided I need a photo to go along with the story, so I wanted to get a pic of the Lake Huron shoreline near Forester, and I found a beautiful county park north of town to take a pic. When I looked south along the shoreline out to a point that protruded into the lake I was shocked to see what looked like a person on the shoreline. After I looked thru my camera I saw that it was only a lone pine tree growing on the beach, but I wonder if that is the spirit of Minnie waiting for her sailor to return.
I have more about the town of Forester and Minnie Quay in my Lost In Michigan books which are ON SALE HERE
Oh and by the way, I saw this old house in Forester that could have been where Minnie’s family had their tavern, and where she lived, it’s only a guess, but I can’t help but wonder.
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