History of The Heather House
Nestled along the banks of the St. Clair river, The Heather House is Marine City Michigan's only Bed & Breakfast. The home was completed in 1885 after two years of construction, a stunning example of the traditional Queen Anne Victorian style architecture dotted along the river banks and made popular at the turn of the century. It's owner, William Sauber, was chief engineer for the Mitchell fleet of Great Lakes steamers. Captain Sauber built the elaborate mansion to be his family home. He was born in Berlin, Germany in 1848, he had 10 children and died in 1916. Today, the home's master bedroom, The St. Clair room is available for reservation.
Captain Sauber traveled the lakes extensively in the wooden ships of that era bringing various goods to and from the Great Lakes. At the time of construction, Marine City and the St. Clair river bed housed shipyards for the construction and repair of fleets of steamers and ships. The link to the rest of the world through the St. Lawrence Seaway was essential to the progress and daily life of those in the Midwest. The waterway remains a very important shipping route to this day. An afternoon at The Heather House enjoys a glass of wine on the wraparound porch watching the freighters go by.