Bicentennial 1812 weekend- Historic Fort Wayne, Detroit, MI" September 21-22
- Historic Fort Wayne (downtown Detroit) is opening its gates to a very special War of 1812 weekend event. Units are welcome to set up as early as Thursday evening with a little notice. The site will be secured but is open to the public during open hours. The scenario is for tents and/or barracks set-up, drill, living history, and a "battle" if the Crown Forces and their native allies attend in sufficient numbers to choose to invade Detroit again.
The fort has washroom facilities (including showers!) and 24-hour security. There will be company fire pits. The fort will provide lunch on Sat and straw.
For any units bringing a cannon, powder will be reimbursed.
They are working on getting a garrison flag and with enough participation, sentry and camp activities can be expanded.
The fort's location is quite significant for 1812 as it was in that area that US and British exchanged cannon fire. The Crown forces landed close by and the 1812 Fort Shelby was just up the river. During the re-take of Detroit, Harrison setup his encampment there.
Below is a link to the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition site with information on the Fort and its important role in the war.
This event is supported by the Fort and the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition. Please mark your calendars for this unique opportunity to experience a 19th century Star fort in the heart of the American Midwest.
Please check the Coalition site for more information as it becomes available
Roger Heiple Jr.