Detroit Boat Club
The Oldest Boating Club in the Americas

Sixty -three years after our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, twenty-two years before the Civil War and two years after Michigan became a State, while Abraham Lincoln was still a 30-year-old lawyer in Illinois, the Detroit Boat Club was founded.  Organized by oarsman on February 18, 1839, it is the oldest continuous rowing club in the world, the oldest boating club in the United States and the oldest social club in Michigan.  The Club had five clubhouses at several locations in the Detroit area before it built the fireproof one that opened on Belle Isle on August 4, 1902.

The Club remained there until February 23, 1996 at which time they elected to look for a new home
 
                        1905 photo of the Clubhouse