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Historic Fort Wayne

Address: 6235 West Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48209
Phone Number: 313-224-6385
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Ranked #37 of 69 Attractions in Detroit
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Rock Hill
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I enlisted in the U.S. Army and was inprocessed here on 23 July 1968. Performed work (details) around some of these buildings. So sad to read about and view the decline this fort has suffered. I truly wax nostalgic about this fort and the surrounding city. Many memories and experiences come back to me as I read Trip Advisor's article... More 

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Plymouth, Michigan
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182 reviews 182 reviews
69 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

It's sad to see the old Fort Wayne area in such disrepair. Buildings are literally falling down, roofs are caved in and weeds are growing everywhere. We had a nice tour via the Detroit Historical Museum and our guide was very knowledgable. Civil War Days are a bit chaotic. There's no real guide to what's happening and where. At this... More 

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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
77 reviews 77 reviews
24 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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
27 helpful votes 27 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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