Fort Wilkins Historic State Park - Fort Wilkins 1870: A Living History Experience

Date:  June 14, 2019  -  August 16, 2019
Time: All Day Event
Location: Fort Wilkins Historic State Park, 15223 U.S Highway 41, Copper Harbor, MI 49918

Contact: Fort Wilkins Historic State Park 906-289-4215

A large, wheeled cannon sits on the parade grounds in front of the officers' quarters buildings

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., time-travel to summer 1870, as costumed interpreters portray the daily life of men and women stationed at Fort Wilkins.

You'll meet Private Jonathan Holmes, post laundress Kate Holmes, Second Lieutenant Richard Mueller and his wife Juliette, and Quartermaster Sergeant Patrick O'Neill—characters based on actual members of the 1870 garrison. These portrayals, including the characters' attitudes, opinions and the smallest bit of gossip, are based on extensive historical research.

On select days, the living history experience deepens as members of the Future Historians join adult re-enactors to portray actual girls and boys who lived in Fort Wilkins and Copper Harbor in 1870. They perform daily chores, play historic games and talk to visitors about life at this remote outpost.

A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks. Make a camping reservation online at or call 1-800-447-2757.

The historic fort within Fort Wilkins Historic State Park is part of the Michigan History Center's Michigan History Museum System. Visit the Michigan History Center event calendar to see museum system events throughout the state.

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