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(Fort Mackinac and the front of Mackinac Island in a photograph taken by a tourist in 1918)
My wife and I enjoy history, especially when it is alive and well. Visiting old American frontier forts in Colorado (Bents Old Fort) and Wyoming (Fort Laramie, Fort Casper) is a real treat, but one of our very favorites is the historic Fort Mackinac located on Mackinac Island between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. The location is amazing and has such an authentic feel to it, since the island does not allow motorized transportation and keeps its Victorian atmosphere fresh and energetic. Visiting this fort that saw action during the War of 1812 with the British was great fun for us. If you ever get a chance to visit beautiful Mackinac Island, take it. You won’t be sorry.
(Battle reenactments for tourists take place on the grounds of the historic Fort Mackinac every summer.)
Have a great day and don’t let your horse come home without ya!
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I “get” this….I often “feel” the energy of places I visit and that fort sounds fascinating…thank you for sharing with us! As always your work shines….
Thanks Sharon! Mackinac Island is an amazing place and the fort is just a small part of it. Surrounded by the Great Lakes, it feels like an island in the ocean. You also feel like you step right back in time, since there are no motorized vehicles allowed on the island. All day long, you hear the sound of horses’ hooves clip-clopping up and down the paved roads (the movie “Somewhere in Time” was filmed there). We stay there overnight, since the last ferries for the day visitors leave at about 5pm and you feel like you almost have the island to yourself from that point until the next morning. Beautiful and historic!
I simply adore history too – a history major actually – and the forts do seem to retain the character of the persons who were part of that history. We have old Fort Erie and Fort Niagara and the War of 1812 re-enactments here on Lake Erie and it all comes alive again. I too loved ‘Somewhere in Time” and wish I had an opportunity to visit Mackinac to see the hotel. Wonderful image too Lincoln.
As a history major, you would love the island, Lianne. Just to walk around or be driven by carriage and see all the amazing Victorian era architecture is worth it in and of itself. Thanks for stopping by!
Your enthusiasm makes this fort come alive Lincoln ~ If I ever find myself in this region, I’ll be sure to check it out!
You’d love the island. The fort is just one part of what makes Mackinac Island great. The pace of life immediately slows down when you step off the ferry and hear the clip-clop of horses with nary a car in sight!
“don’t let your horse come home without ya!”
I’m keeping that!
Use it with pride! Thanks for stopping by.