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“Rustic Battlefield”

River Raisin National Battlefield Park
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Monroe
Certificate of Excellence
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Rustic Battlefield”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

The battlefield area is undefined right now, however the building is very interesting. Make sure you hit a reinactment weekend if you can, very well done. If you come, bring your bikes, the bike trail to Sterling State Park is right there.

Visited June 2013
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Ontario's Highlands, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Interesting for history buffs”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

We went here because we were staying in Monroe and weren't quite ready to check in to our motel.
There is not much there to physically see, but there is a very informative presentation and the park interpreter (who had taught history) was very knowledgeable. The battle was a turning point in the War of 1812. This aspect of the war I had never heard about, but being from Canada I had some interest in it. Also, we had come from vacationing in Kentucky and Kentuckians figured prominently in this battle, so it dovetailled nicely with the earlier parts of our trip.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank JeffO_Can
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Vernon, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
265 reviews
170 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Of interest to history buffs”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

If you know just a little about the war of 1812, and want to visit a skite on the war, this is worth a stop. Being somewhat a new addition to the National Park Service, there is still more to be developed. There is an informative short movie, and some exhibits in the visitor center. The open field outside is the site of the battle, and contains informative signs. To most of the public, it would merit a short detour from the interstate to/from Detroit.

Visited May 2013
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Monroe, Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Remember the Raisin!”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

The battlefield was established in October 2010 in remembrance of battles that occurred on the site during the War of 1812. On April 22, 2013, I attended the unveiling of a limited edition collector's envelope (cachet) which was then postmarked by on-site representatives from the U.S. Postal service. U.S. Representatives John Dingell and Tim Walberg were also in attendance for this historic moment of honoring battles on the River Raisin. While the battlefield may be small now, the city of Monroe has great plans for its continued development.

Visited April 2013
Thank Bebe1960
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Level 6 Contributor
289 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
“nice for a short visit for the Bicentennial”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

This recently acquired space is not a detail reconstruction, but a plain cleared field with several markers for explanation. There is a good, little museum on the grounds that explains the context of this site in the War of 1812. A few simple exhibits and dioramas complement a very nice electric map presentation. The ranger is very helpful and there is a well-documented heritage trail that connect several sites in the area, although this location of the settlement of Frenchtown is the site of the primary conflict in this area. A must-see for War 1812 scholars, but a quick stop if you don't understand why it's important.

Visited May 2013
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