A Morning with the J.W. Westcott; The Detroit River, Freighters, and the Mail
20.00

Saturday, July 28th

10:00 am to 12:30 pm

48222, a zip code unlike any other. This storied set of digits denotes mail destined for Great Lakes freighters, by way of the only floating zip code in America, The J.W. Westcott. The Westcott company was started by Captain John Ward Westcott nearly 150 years ago. Today it still delivers mail to ships passing down the Detroit River. It’s iconic white, orange, and black boats are skillfully driven alongside huge freighters whose crews lower buckets to the mail boat, and using ropes haul back up their supplies, mail, and even sometimes pizza. Join The Detroit History Club as we explore this uniquely Detroit company. We’ll meet the crew for coffee and donuts, hear the incredible tales of life on the Detroit River, and cheer as the mail pulls away from the dock for another routine delivery.

*Although we won’t be able to allow guests to ride the boats during a delivery, you will be welcomed to explore the boats when they are docked. You’ll see the offices and have lots of great photo opportunities so bring your camera!

Because The Detroit History Club operates as a members-only club, out of private homes, hidden spaces, and secret locations, you’ll need to join before being able to buy tickets to events. At checkout you’ll be asked if you are already a member; if not, select “New Member.” Membership to The Detroit History Club is five dollars per calendar year. Each person attending an event must have a membership of their own. Membership cards may be picked up at the first event you attend as a new member, and new cards are issued at the first event you attend each year. Parking is on-street and at your own risk (we’ve never had an issue, but the lawyer insists we have the disclaimer).

Detroit History Club events are for persons twenty-one years old and up. We drink, we swear, we talk about things, and we’d love for you to join us. Whether you come as a couple, a group, or a singleton, our events are designed to encourage you to make new friends, explore ideas, and learn- all while eating, drinking, dancing, and generally behaving in a way that makes us proud to call ourselves Detroiters. We would like to remind you that this event is taking place in a private home; your respect is greatly appreciated

Directions To The Office of the J. W. Westcott Co.

The J. W. Westcott Co. is located off the Clark Street Exit on Interstate 75.

FROM Northbound I-75:

Exit at Clark St. Exit

Turn right at Clark St.

Proceed one block to Fort St. intersection

Turn left onto Fort St.

Proceed northeast on Fort to the Grand Blvd. intersection, several blocks ahead

Turn right on Grand Blvd. (Motel on corner)

Proceed toward river, crossing railroad tracks slowly!

Turn left before entering Riverside Park, following driveway with railroad tracks on your left

Proceed to end of driveway

Turn right on to 24th St.

Proceed 100 feet to the driveway at rear of J. W. Westcott office

Enter driveway and park in rear

Proceed to the front of the office at riverside and look for Detroit History Club staff.

FROM Southbound I-75:

Exit at Clark St. Exit

Turn left at Clark St.

Cross over the expressway and proceed one block to Fort St. intersection

Turn left onto Fort St.

Proceed northeast on Fort to the Grand Blvd. intersection, several blocks ahead

Turn right on Grand Blvd (Motel on corner)

Proceed toward river, crossing railroad tracks slowly!

Turn left before entering Riverside Park, following driveway, with railroad tracks now on your left

Proceed to end of driveway

Turn right onto 24th St.

Proceed 100 feet to the driveway at rear of J. W. Westcott office (single story white block-brick building)

Enter driveway and park in rear

Proceed to the front of the office at riverfront and look for Detroit History Club staff.



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Stargazing Sail Aboard the Tallship The Appledore IV
from 70.50

For millennia humans have laid on their backs and gazed up at the heavens, searching the stars for navigation and inspiration. The stars helped French explorers map the future city of Detroit. They guided the earliest native population with their steadfast glow. And for generations it's been the sky that Detroit’s lovers have stolen kisses beneath. For two nights only slip away with The Detroit History Club and the crew of the Appledore IV for a late night stargazing voyage down the Detroit River and out into Lake Saint Claire. You'll sip champagne and nibble Bon Bon Bon chocolate as you glide over the waves and hear the stories of Detroit after dark. Whether you're single, coupled, or spending an evening with friends, we hope you'll stay up late to join us for a midnight toast to the city that Marvin Gaye said “turned out to be heaven”, beneath the heavens.

Boarding will begin at 9:40 pm and the ship will set sail at 10:00 pm from The Port of Detroit. Those who arrive after 9:45 pm are not allowed to board. The port is located in front of the RenCen at 130 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48226

The most convenient parking is at Miller Garage. Link here:http://www.millerparking.com/parking-locations/center-garage/#.WMLcqzvyvIU

The ship sails in all types of weather and we highly recommend a good pair of shoes and weather appropriate clothing, including a jacket or windbreaker.

Because The Detroit History Club operates as a members-only club, out of private homes, hidden spaces, and secret locations, you’ll need to join before being able to buy tickets to events.  At checkout you’ll be asked if you are already a member; if not, select “New Member.” Membership to The Detroit History Club is five dollars per calendar year.  Each person attending an event must have a membership of their own.  Membership cards may be picked up at the first event you attend as a new member, and new cards are issued at the first event you attend each year.  

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Tall Ship tour on The Detroit River
from 79.00

Before Detroit was a glimmer in the imagination of European explorers minds, the river flowed along banks rich in history. Later with its new name, the Detroit River witnessed the fierce battles of the Ottawa and the British. It saw Ransom Eli Olds’ factory burn in 1901, generations board four-story boats destined for Boblo Island, and the skyline of Detroit rise, fall, and rise again. It’s hosted dignitaries, visionaries, rockstars, military fleets, and millions of families over the centuries. Hosting everything from prohibition smuggling to the pleasure yachts of industrial titans, the Detroit River is an irreplaceable part of the city’s history. The Detroit History Club is honored to invite you to join us for a legendary evening on board the eighty five foot long tallship, The Appledore IV. With a seventy six foot mast and over 3,500 square feet of sails, The Appledore IV has majestically sailed the Great Lakes for nearly twenty years. On board you’ll be greeted by the Captain and crew of this beautiful sailing vessel, along with our guide Bailey Sisoy Isgro. We will depart from the Port of Detroit and sail up the river past the Ambassador Bridge as Bailey shares the stories of the city's skyscrapers, the wars for control of the river, and the secret hiding spots of mischief makers. Together with the crew you’ll raise the mainsail, cut through the waves, and learn the history of tall ships on Michigan waters. As the sun sets over Detroit we will glide past Belle Isle state park to see the shining beacon of the Livingstone Lighthouse. After a few turning maneuvers on Lake Saint Clair, you’ll sail back to port with a set of once in a lifetime memories.

We will provide a light sampling of Detroit snacks and soda on board the ship. The captain has extended an invitation for you to bring your own alcoholic drinks and snacks onboard, however, no glass bottles or glassware may be used.

Boarding beguins at the ticketed time and includes a mandatory saftey talk. Late arrivals are not able to board. Please leave yourself enough time to park and make your way to the ship. The ship will depart from The Port of Detroit thirty mins after the ticketed time. The Port of Detroit is located in front of the RenCen at 130 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48226

The most convenient parking is at Miller Garage. Link here: http://www.millerparking.com/parking-locations/center-garage/#.WMLcqzvyvIU

The ship sails in all types of weather and we highly recommend a good pair of shoes and weather appropriate clothing, including a jacket or windbreaker.

Because The Detroit History Club operates as a members-only club, out of private homes, hidden spaces, and secret locations, you’ll need to join before being able to buy tickets to events.  At checkout you’ll be asked if you are already a member; if not, select “New Member.” Membership to The Detroit History Club is five dollars per calendar year.  Each person attending an event must have a membership of their own.  Membership cards may be picked up at the first event you attend as a new member, and new cards are issued at the first event you attend each year.  

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More 2018 schedule coming soon!

Detroit History Tours is thrilled to announce the opening of The Detroit History Club.

Although the club now offers a full calendar of events to our members we are always rolling out our award winning tours. 

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