Fort Wilkins and Copper Harbor Lighthouse

  • Barracks and footlockers at Fort WilkinsLife in a northern frontier fort in 1844 is the focus at Fort Wilkins. The site includes enlisted men's barracks, showing the spartan life of a solider.
  • A storekeeper in period costume stands behind the counter at the Sutler's store at Fort Wilkins.A newer feature at the Fort is Sutler's Store, which houses a period exhibit of a civilian shopkeeper who sold necessities to the soldiers.
  • Interior of the married enlisted men's cabin at Fort WilkinsMarried enlisted men lived in cabins outside the fort, and exhibits give visitors a chance to compare accommodations.
  • Civil War artillery encampment includes cannons being firedThe thunder and echo of cannons can be heard during the annual Civil War artillery encampment. The special event, hosted by Battery D, 1st Michigan Light Artillery, takes place on the parade ground.
  • A soldier in period costume teaches drills to visitors to Fort WilkinsEvery summer, a living history program allows families to experience what life was like at the fort for soldiers and their families.
  • Copper Harbor LighthouseThe Copper Harbor Lighthouse at Fort Wilkins is open for tours in the summer. The grounds include the1866 lighthouse, the original 1848 keeper dwelling and the 1933 steel tower.