Fort Holmes

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After the British and their allies captured Fort Mackinac during the War of 1812, they quickly built a small outpost and called it Fort George. When the Americans regained the Fort by treaty at the end of the War of 1812, it was renamed Fort Holmes after the American Major Andrew Hunter Holmes who succumbed to wounds during a futile attempt to retake the Fort from the British in 1814.

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Picnicking at Fort Holmes

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A picnic at the highest point on Mackinac Island is a visual treat. Incredible views of the Mackinac Bridge, Light Houses and Round Island serve up the perfect venue.

A picnic at the highest point on Mackinac Island is a visual treat. Incredible views of the Mackinac Bridge, Light Houses and Round Island serve up the perfect venue.

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Family Fun at the Fort

Mackinac Island has always been a part of me. I grew up an hour away, visited Fort Mackinac on an eighth-grade class trip and even worked there. So, in September…

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Fort Mackinac Post Cemetery

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The Post Cemetery is the final resting place for Fort Mackinac soldiers, their families and local officials. Although the origin of the Cemetery is lost in history, local lore suggests that both American and British Ware of 1812 soldiers are buried there. Known burials of note include Ignatius Goldhofer, a Civil War veteran who came to Fort Mackinac in 1869. He was buried in the Post Cemetery by his wife and children, when he died three years later. Other burials include Edward Biddle, who served as sheriff, village president and surveyor in the mid 19th century, and the 1880s burial of Josiah and Isabel Cowes, the infant children of Lieutenant Calvin and Mary Cowles.

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Fort Mackinac

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Founded during the American Revolution, the British captured the Fort in the very first engagement on American soil in the War of 1812. Inside, 14 original buildings, cannon salutes, bugle music, daily reenactments, and interactive displays speak of America’s infancy. Located on a bluff that overlooks the entrancing Straits of Mackinac. Tours, exhibits and demonstrations.

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Fort Mackinac Tea Room (A Grand Hotel Restaurant)

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Fort Mackinac Tea Room is one of the most delightful and scenic settings on Mackinac Island to enjoy luncheon or a late afternoon snack. Tour the historic site, then relax afterwards with a delicious meal and exceptional views of downtown Mackinac Island and the harbor.

  • Outdoor and indoor seating is available. Please note: There is tipping at Fort Mackinac Tea Room.
  • For dining at Fort Mackinac Tea Room, admission to Fort Mackinac is required. Admission includes a self-guided tour of the Fort, seeing 1780s soldiers demonstrate rifle firings, and a cannon salute over the harbor. For more information, visit the Fort Mackinac website.

Fort Mackinac Tea Room will close on Sunday, October 24, 2021.

 

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Suggested itineraries

…cream from the Cannonball Drive Inn while you’re there.   Fort Mackinac Fort Mackinac is brimming with exciting reenactments demonstrating what fort life was like in the 1800s. You’ll see…

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