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The Tale of Anne’s Tablet

Constance Fenimore Woolson (1840-1894) was taken by the charms of Mackinac Island from the early days of her girlhood. Memories of summers spent on the island continued to hold a special appeal for her, and even inspired her choice of career as a professional writer. Her short story collection, “Castle Nowhere: Lake-Country Sketches” was based on her experiences on the island and the nearby Great Lakes shorelines. A few years later, she published her first novel, “Anne,” which was also set on Mackinac Island.

Woolson became a successful author, and made her homes in St. Augustine, Florida and in Venice, Italy. Sadly, she died in Venice in 1894 after falling from a window, and was buried there. Her loyal American readers wanted a place to remember and honor her, so Woolson’s nephew and wealthy Cleveland industrialist Samuel Mather commissioned a bronze plaque from sculptor William Ordway Partridge. An overlook was built on the island in 1916 as a memorial to the author and the plaque, forever part of “Anne’s Tablet,” was installed and remains to this day.