Did you know Detroit has a fort? I surely didn’t! Hidden amongst the rubble of walls and ceilings that once were is a peek into the history of an area that’s almost been forgotten. However, thanks to the efforts of the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition, this gem of a bygone era is being restored – bit by bit. We took a tour of the destructively gorgeous grounds over the weekend and it left us in awe. Now we want nothing more than to see it live on.
The Historic Fort Wayne | Detroit
Between the rubble of decaying structures and a path that still leads up to a high waving flag is a widespread historic fort that was originally built in the early 1800’s. After never seeing a shot fired in anger at this location, it was said that the fort was later put to use in other ways – an induction location for Michigan troops entering battle elsewhere, also an infantry training station, a procurement station for weapons and vehicles, and during the WW II it housed prisoners of war from Italy.
While the location is far from being fully restored, you can still wander the grounds and get a glimpse inside the areas history. Some of the buildings are open so you can go inside and others are completely off limits due to their dilapidation.
We filmed our visit to the Historic Fort Wayne in Detroit so you could see how truly amazing it is. Take a look:
When to Visit the Fort
The fort is open seasonally on Saturdays and Sundays from 10-4. It is also open for exploration during specially marked events – dates can be found at The Historic Fort Wayne Coalition website. Parking for the fort is $5 and while you’re there you can sign up for a guided tour of the grounds, also only $5. In my personal experience, it is sort of hard to tell which buildings are open for investigation and which are not – so signing up for the guided tour might be worth the extra bucks to save you from missing something interesting.
Things We’re Glad We Did During Our Trip
- Wore closed toe walking shoes – lots of walking, sometimes through tall grass.
- Brought our own food and water – there is nowhere to purchase food or drinks on the grounds.
- Brought our camera – so many amazing images to capture.
- Came without the kids – while we love to share history with our children, given the current state of this location we were glad they didn’t tag along. Hopefully, with all the work they are doing at this location, a future trip over with the kids will happen.
Have you ever visited the Historic Fort Wayne in Detroit? Will you be adding it to your next roadside attraction list? We want to hear about it.