Historic Fort Wayne105 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 11:00 pm]
- Address: 6235 West Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48209, 48209, United States
- Timings: 06:00 am - 11:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-3132246385
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Museums, History Museums, Castle, Historical Site, Fort, Landmarks, Historic And Protected Sites
The fort was completed in 1851. The Army named the fort after the Revolutionary War hero General "Mad" Anthony Wayne, who had taken possession of Detroit from the British in 1796.
The original fort is star-patterned, with walls of earthen ramparts faced with cedar, covering vaulted brick tunnels that contain artillery ports. The design was based on fortifications developed by Sebastian Vauban, a 17th-century French military engineer, and modified by Dennis Hart Mahan.
Although the fort never saw combat in it's 125 years in service. It has played an instrumental part in History right from the depression, world war 1 all the way up to 1958 when it was declared an heritage site.
One can also find the Tuskegee Airmen Museum and an ancient burial mound on the grounds of Fort Wayne. It also hosts historic re-enactments, spring and fall flea markets, concerts and is open for some civic events.
Historic Fort Wayne Travel Tips
- Take the guided tour on the weekends (10am to 4pm) only costs 5$. The tour guides are volunteers and passionately explain the history of the fort.
- Historical re-enactments happen many times a year. These are colorful events.
- the neighbourhood is a bit dodgy, so travel directly to the fort.
- Nearby Eateries: Coney Island, Don Hall's Old Gas House Restaurant & Bar, Shigs in Pit.
- NO pets; Service animals are welcome.
- All visitors must wear shirts and shoes.
- DO NOT ENTER or approach any building unless accompanied by a museum guide.
- NO metal detectors, digging and taking of artifacts.
- Picnicking is allowed, but NO barbecues, fires, or alcoholic beverages.
- Please place trash and litter in proper receptacles.
- NO fishing or swimming is permitted.
- Additional contact Details: +1 2604372836.
Historic Fort Wayne Hours
- Check the website for various event timings.
How to Reach Historic Fort Wayne
- Bus No. 030 stops at West Jefferson& Livernois
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10.33% of people who visit Detroit include Historic Fort Wayne in their plan
95% of people start their Historic Fort Wayne visit around 1 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Historic Fort Wayne
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Historic Fort Wayne
Historic Fort Wayne Reviews & Ratings
Absolutely beautiful. I was able to wander the grounds a bit and it is HUGE!!! The tunnels you can go in are amazing. The buildings are historic and a little decaying, and while that is sad to see them in such a shape. Some the buildings are in nice shape. I would come here again!! 100%
Historic Fort Wayne was amazing to see. I was there for their car show and got to see the place packed with cars and people having a great time. The place has a mix of buildings that have been restored or preserved that you can go in and walk around, and other buildings that are in need of restoration that you can see but cannot enter. The central fortifications are entered through brick underground tunnels that are sooo cool!
Just love visiting historic Fort Wayne.. so much to see and explore. Sad to see much of it just falling apart. But the society is doing what they can. Do yourself a favor and attend an event and walk around. Great photo opportunities
Went there for a flea market, had never been there before. It sure would be nice if this place could be restored there is a lot of history there. Would like to see back to the way it was.
Medieval Sunday was a hoot. Got to toss axes, knives and spears with my awesome girlfriend (whose idea it was to participate in the action). Good people, good times, I wish more people had showed up because this was cool. Had a 7x7 battle with heavy armor that was immensely impressive! Three cheers for the Knights of Detroit!