Historical Society’s Shay Days brings locomotive inventor Ephraim Shay to life July 19 & 20

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 the first city waterworks, designed and built his unique Hexagon House and started a logging railway.
Join the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society to celebrate the ingenuity of Ephraim Shay during Shay Days 2019! This family-friendly, two-day event will take place Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20 between 10:00 am and 3:00. Admission is by donation with all proceeds benefiting the Historical Society.

“This is one of the Historical Society’s signature events,” said Beth Sylak, Program Coordinator. “For over two decades HSAHS has celebrated how Ephraim Shay helped to shape Harbor Springs as we know it today. “

Activities on both Friday and Saturday include kids crafts and games, live model steam trains in Shay Park, self-guided tours of the historic Shay House, a walking tour and two History Talks with Shay descendant Duane Fahey.

“One of our favorite activities takes place on Saturday when Ephraim Shay himself arrives! Mr. Shay will be on hand to answer questions and talk with our visitors and, as Shay Days is held around Shay’s birthday, it wouldn’t be a true celebration without cake and singing!” Head to the Shay House on Saturday at 12:00 pm for birthday cake and be sure to wish Ephraim Shay a happy 180 th birthday. Bring the whole family and discover more about Ephraim Shay, trains, logging in the Harbor Springs area and more. For more information, please call the Historical Society at (231) 526-9771 or visit

Shay Days is supported in part through underwriting from the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau with additional support provided by the Harbor Springs Masonic Lodge #378 and Kelbel Pharmacy.