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Since 1957, Fort Michilimackinac literally has risen from her ashes like a jeweled phoenix for the visitors of all ages. Here, in one recreated place, the visitor is exposed to much of early America's history. Beginning with the Native Americans when you first enter the fort, you will find interpreters constructing a wigwam and/or long house which is typical of the Eastern Woodland Indians. When you enter the gate, you feel the excitement of the French voyageurs as they traveled to rendevouz with the fur traders. As you enter the trading post, you will see the trade goods of the day and observe Hudson Bay Blankets of the British--remember, each short strip of black wool woven into the blanket (a "point") indicates the thickness and size of the wool blanket.
Before you know it, you are transported from the "here and now" to the "there and then" as history becomes alive. As you tour the underground museum and observe historical artifacts, the fort becomes alive with reality because people of long ago once held these objects. The humble Catholic priest will impress you with his faith and devotion as he speaks his prayers in French. When you enter the reconstructed St. Anne's church, you will be convinced that you smell the extinquished wicks of candles wafting in the subtle scent of fragrant incense. The sound of the blacksmith's hammer, the firing of the muskets and cannon, and the smell of cooking food will mesmerize you as the 1700s come alive before your eyes. A favorite place in the entire fort for so many is the winter sleeping quarters of the soldiers stationed at Fort Michilimackinac. Even on the hottest of summer days, when you enter the dark room illuminated by a glowing fire with the men huddled around the hearth, the howl of the wind transports you to the ruggedness of living at this recreated historic site. Don't miss the opportunity to make history come alive and experience your journey back in time.