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Situated near the tip of Old Mission Peninsula, along the East Arm of Grand Traverse Bay, Old Mission is an unincorporated community in Peninsula Township, Grand Traverse County.

The community is served by M-37 (Center Road), which connects to Old Mission through Swaney Road. The unincorporated communities of Ogdensburg, Mapleton, and Neahtawanta are south of Old Misson, also on the peninsula, but the only incorporated cities and villages within fifty miles of Old Mission are Traverse City, Kingsley, Lake Ann, Elk Rapids, Suttons Bay, Buckley, Fife Lake, Kalkaska, Empire, Honor, Mesick, Northport, Thompsonville, Copemish, Beulah, and Benzonia, with Traverse City being the only one within thirty miles.

North of Old Mission, at the tip of the peninsula, is Old Mission Point Park, which includes Mission Point Light, constructed in 1870 as an exact copy of the Mama Juda Light, now destroyed, which was built on the Detroit River in 1866. Deactivated in 1933, the lighthouse is maintained by Peninsula Township as Lighthouse Park.

Under the terms of the 1936 Treaty of Washington, the United States government agreed to provide local Ottawa and Ojibwa tribes with a mission and schools for their reservation. Henry Schoolcraft, then the Indian agent representing the government, selected the peninsula on Grand Traverse Bay.

Old Mission was founded by the Reverend Peter Dougherty, a Presbyterian minister, who built a log cabin and mission church there in 1839.

A post office was established as Grand Traverse on April 26, 1850, with Robert Campbell as the first postmaster. When the reservation was moved to Omena n 1852, it was called New Mission, at which time Grand Traverse became Old Mission, and the post office was renamed Old Mission on February 1, 1869.

Currently, the post office uses the 49673 zip code, but it is used for post office box service only, while the postal area is served by the Traverse City post office, which uses the 49686 zip code.

The Dougherty Mission House was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1956, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011, while the Old Mission Inn (previously known as Hedden Hall or the Porter Hotel) was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1980, and listed on the National Register in 1982.

Currently, there are no public schools on Old Mission Peninsula. K-12 students are served by Traverse City Area Public Schools.

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