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“Hidden Gem”

River Raisin National Battlefield Park
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Monroe
Certificate of Excellence
Shohola, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

The battle of Frenchtown, in what is now Michigan, during the war of 1812 is the focus of the park. The primary site of the town and battlefield was build on by a paper factory and so there is not a lot to see here at this point as the park is only three years old. The rangers were very informative. Ron is a retired history teacher of 40 years and was able to answer the questions we had. Bob is a career ranger that has served at serveral parks and had a wonderful way with our children, who enjoyed getting dressed up in period clothing among other activities. If your going specifically for a Jr Ranger program call before you go as it has been developed but the books, at this writing, are not yet available. Exit 14 is easier access to the park but exit 15 will take you through the business section of town if your looking for a place to eat. The title of the review came from my wife who was a little resistant in going but we all learned a lot and look forward to returning at some point.

Visited August 2013
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Michigan
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
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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
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