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Historic Fort Wayne

6235 West Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48209
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Ranked #39 of 87 attractions in Detroit
Type: Historic Sites
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English first
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

As a history buff / film maker myself , the historic fort wayne is definitely a location to tour. Surrounded by a ton of history, this is as close to being in the boots of the 19th century soldiers in Detroit as you can get. Soldiers from the civil war all the way up to the Vietnam war were stationed... More

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Warren, Michigan
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

It's really a shame so few Michigan residents know about this place, especially those interested in military history. A complete walled fortress right here in our own back yard. And as a former tour guide from back in the 1980's let me tell ya', this place is haunted. When you wander around and get that feeling you're being watched, you... More

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River Rouge, Michigan, United States
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Loved it. Very cheap. Bring your own picnic basket. See the baddest fort that was once filled with 1000 cannons. Wa built during the Civil war times. They had a special day with reenactments. I'd advise going then. Look at my picture to see why. The awesome people (vets) who bravely fought for our country are there during these times... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

I recommended a visit duration of only 2-3hrs, because you might not immediately fall in love with this place...I visited three times over the years before it clicked for me. I mean, I always found it cool, but somehow, after maybe the third time or so, I absolutely fell in love with the place. So much so that I am... More

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Valparaiso, Indiana
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

TRIP ADVISOR - I WANT TO UPLOAD PICS, BUT THE ICON DOES NOT WORK. The history of why this fort was built is fascinating. It was funded in 1839 to guard against a war in Canada among British subjects that was feared to spill across the river into the US. During the civil war (1863-1868) the earthen embankments were upgraded... More

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Pity that more funds are not available to restore and maintain this place. Worth a visit if you are an absolute buff for old forts. Otherwise, stay at The Henry Ford.

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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Great place to see history of Detroit. Wonderful experience for all ages, check listing for special event days.

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Grosse Ile, Michigan
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63 reviews 63 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Don't waste your time here. Decrepit buildings and belligerent staff make it miserable. This place should be plowed under.

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Ferndale, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

This place was so interesting and such a surprise. Packed with history and fun to explore. I never knew it was here and they have a Halloween event too! The large green on the river was equally surprising.

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allen park
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

I took my 7th and 8th grade history classes there every year . It is a great experience for them to see Detroit history hidden right here in Detroit

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