Welcome to Harsens island

The island was named by Americans for its first settler, James (or Jacob) Harsen, of Dutch descent, who migrated from New York state in about 1779, during the American Revolutionary War, with his daughter and son-in-law Isaac Graveraet. Harsen bought the island from the Indians in 1783. It was also known as "Jacob Island" (also James or Jacobus Island) as late as 1809. The name of the post office, Sans Souci, was changed to "Harsens Island" in 1960. The St. Clair River is an integral part of the Great Lakes, draining water from Lake Huron down, eventually, to Lake Erie. The delta was formed about 6,000 years ago and long was a desired area of habitation by indigenous peoples. In May there it is typically nice with weather about 66f