Shay Days 2018

From Friday, July 20, 2018 -  10:00am
To Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 03:00pm


Arguably one of the most important figures in the history of Harbor Springs, geared-locomotive inventor Ephraim Shay retired to the area in 1888. During his “retirement” he created over twelve miles of water mains to bring running water to the city, designed and built his unique Hexagon House and started a logging railway known locally as the Hemlock Central.

Join the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society to celebrate the ingenuity of Ephraim Shay during Shay Days 2018! This family-friendly, two-day event will take place Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, 2018. Shay Days events run between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm both days in Shay Park, at the Shay Hexagon House and at the Harbor Springs History Museum. Admission for Shay Days is by donation with all proceeds benefiting the Historical Society.

Activities on both Friday and Saturday include kids crafts and games at the Shay Hexagon House, live model steam trains in Shay Park and self-guided tours of the historic Hexagon House. Be sure to stop by the Harbor Springs History Museum to see a new exhibit on the life and work of Ephraim Shay in the museum’s temporary exhibit gallery. A walking tour titled “In Shay’s Day” will explore the Shay buildings and the former railroad grade of the Hemlock Central on Friday and Saturday. The tour begins at 10:30 am at the museum and reservations are encouraged by calling (231) 526-9771.

On Saturday, kids of all ages are invited to the Hexagon House to meet Ephraim Shay himself! Mr. Shay will be on hand to answer questions and talk with our visitors. As Shay Days is held around Shay’s birthday (July 17), it wouldn’t be a true celebration without cake and singing. Head to the Hexagon on Saturday at 12:00 pm for birthday cake and be sure to wish Ephraim Shay a happy 179th birthday.

Bring the whole family and discover more about Ephraim Shay and how his creative genius helped to shape Harbor Springs. For more information, please call the Historical Society at (231) 526-9771 or visit them online at

Shay Days is supported in part through underwriting from the Petoskey Area Visitor's Bureau with additional support from
the Harbor Springs Masonic Lodge #378, First Community Bank, Kelbel Pharmacy and Trout Creek Condominiums

2018 schedule for webpage

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Location : Harbor Springs History Museum, Shay Park, Shay Hexagon House
Contact : (231) 526-9771


Business Hours

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Exhibit Hours

11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Museum Address

349 E. Main Street
    Harbor Springs, MI 49740

(231) 526-9771

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