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The Old Fort Is Open!

As the Old Fort opens this weekend to reenact the Revolutionary War Garrison, let’s look back at its history.

This is The Old Fort in Fort Wayne, Indiana! This nonprofit business help inform the community about the history in our city.
Part of The Old Fort

The Fort was built in 1815 under the direction of Major John Whistler. It was the third and final military fort to be made here in Fort Wayne. The idea behind this structure was for it to be easily defended by troops of only 50-75 men in case there was ever a Native American attack. After the risk of being attacked was no longer an issue, the structure was used as a church and a local social gathering place. The structure only stood for three years before being torn down, and the wood was reused to build homes.

The Old Fort we have today is actually a copy of the original and was built less than a quarter of a mile away from the original site using Major Whistlers original drawings. The location officially opened in July 1976.

According to the Old Fort website, their goal is “to educate the community about the Old Fort and its significance to the old Northwest Territory, the State of Indiana, and the United States during the 17th and 18th centuries.”

Today they are hosting a Revolutionary War Garrison. Volunteers will be re-enacting life in the fort during the winter months. Today they will be hosting a Civil War Garrison. Both events are from 10 am to 5 pm.

So if you are looking for an outdoor adventure this weekend, get out and “Support The Fort!”


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