Safe Harbor Inn History

historyThis wonderful place, under the maples, was built in 1870. It was bought by the Van Pelt family around 1925.

The comic strip creator, Charles Shultz, was a friend of the Van Pelt family and stayed with them many memorable times. Lucy, the character in the Peanuts™ comic strip was patterned after Lucy Van Pelt, the wife of one of the Van Pelt sons.
Other Area History

Pentwater Village was founded in 1853 with the building of two structures–a boarding house and lumber mill.

Lumbering became the early focus of Pentwater, including the reason the channel from Pentwater Lake to Lake Michigan was created–to move logs.

When the raw lumber industry waned, the Village turned to furniture making, like so much of the Michigan region, shipping furniture throughout the US.