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Sun, Aug 09


Quality Inn & Suites

Bay City to the Wills Sainte Claire Museum in Marysville

Join us for a one-day drive from Bay City down part of the thumb's coastline to Marysville. Enroute, enjoy lunch and a tour of the historic Wills Sainte Claire Museum in Marysville.

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Bay City to the Wills Sainte Claire Museum in Marysville
Bay City to the Wills Sainte Claire Museum in Marysville

Time & Location

Aug 09, 2020, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Quality Inn & Suites, 4105 East, Wilder Rd, Bay City, MI 48706, USA


About the event

Here is the plan for those who will stay over in Bay City after Jags on the Bay. We’ll stay overnight at the Quality Inn and Suites at 4105 E. Wilder Road in Bay City (call 989-667-7050 to make a reservation). We’ll meet for breakfast Sunday morning at the Bob Evans Restaurant at 4137 E. Wilder Road.

From there we’ll head southeast on M-15 from Bay City to M-46, which takes us straight across the thumb to Port Sanilac. Turning right on M-25 just before Lake Huron, we’ll follow the shoreline south to our rest stop at Patrick Tierney Park in Lexington, Michigan. The park is on the beach/harbor and has nice restrooms and a group picture opportunity (not in the restrooms). The drive from the restaurant to Lexington should take about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

From there we continue south on M-25 through Port Huron and along the St. Clair River to the town of St. Clair, where we will eat lunch at the Voyageur Restaurant, right on the river with a great view (525 S Riverside Ave, St. Clair). We should arrive at the restaurant around 12:30.

After lunch, it’s just a five-minute drive to the Wills Sainte Claire Museum, which will be open until 5 pm. They have very friendly docents who know the history of Wills Sainte Claire automobiles and C. H. Wills, the founder of the company that made them. Admission to the museum is $6 per person.

After touring the museum all who are ready for ice cream can join us at London’s Ice Cream in St. Clair (201 N Riverside Ave, St Clair). We’ll part ways and head for home from there.

About the Museum

C. H. Wills was a metallurgist and chief engineer at Ford Motor Company until he left in 1919 to start his company.  Wills Sainte Claire automobiles were luxurious and used state-of-the-art technology, but the company only produced them from 1921 to 1926; a recession in 1926 led to the liquidation of the company in 1927. 

Please register for this event by Tuesday, August 4th using this event page, emailing, or texting 734-347-8747. Please indicate the number of people in your group to help us give the venues a good headcount.

Gary Hillebrand

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