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Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City, MI

800 N Huron Ave Mackinaw City, MI 49701
The following tours go by Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City, MI:
Mackinaw City Sunset Cruise Photo
5/22/2024 - 10/11/2024
Experience the beauty of the totally unique island of Mackinaw City with the Mackinaw City Sunset Cruise.
Mackinac Bridge History Cruise Photo
6/7/2024 - 10/5/2024
Get ready for a breathtaking tour following the history of the Mackinac Bridge, one of the largest suspension bridges in the world, on this fun sightseeing cruise.

Nestled in the picturesque locale of Mackinaw City, Michigan, spanning the land between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, sits Colonial Michilimackinac - an open-air living history museum that is sure to transport you back to the 18th century French-occupied era. This splendid point of interest is most renowned for its enthralling reconstruction of life during the fur trading era of the Great Lakes in a meticulously recreated fort and historic park. With authentic period structures, lively reenactments, and a stunningly beautiful setting, Colonial Michilimackinac makes for a compelling exploration journey that every history buff and nature lover would want to partake in.

Established as a French fur trading post and a Jesuit mission in 1715, Colonial Michilimackinac is part of Mackinac State Historic Parks spanning over fifty acres. Though initially founded by the French, it was taken over by the British in the mid-18th century and was their stronghold until nearly the end of the Revolutionary War. The fort was abandoned in 1781 in favor of Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island but today this original site is brought back to life and preserved painstakingly by historians and archaeologists.

The most substantial highlights of Colonial Michilimackinac are its sixteen authentically reconstructed buildings, along with numerous ongoing archaeological excavations. Each building, from the commanding officer's house, church, and soldiers barracks, to the trade houses, is meticulously reconstructed based on archaeological findings and historic maps. They are fully furnished providing a vivid experience of how people lived in this bustling fur trading village almost three centuries ago. The fort also offers interactive, realistic demonstrations such as cannon firings, hearth cooking, and crafts practiced by residents of the time.

Outside the fort, the fun continues in a picturesque setting with breathtaking views of the Mackinac Bridge and pristine shoreline. Visit the 'King's Storehouse' and the 'Civilian Gardens' where historically accurate plant varieties are grown. If you’re in luck, you might witness the search for new artifacts and insights at the active archaeological dig area, delving deeper into the rich history of Michilimackinac.

In conclusion, Colonial Michilimackinac provides an insightful and educational outing with a unique blend of history, culture, natural beauty, and family fun. Whether you engage in the interactive historical exhibits, engage with staff donning period costumes, or simply absorb the beautiful views, this diverse historic monument has something for everyone. For viewers interested in the rich history of Michigan’s past, or even just looking for a great day out in a beautiful setting, Colonial Michilimackinac is not a site to be missed.

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