Fort Holmes Private Events

Fort Holmes sits at the highest point on Mackinac Island; the views are spectacular. The fort and blockhouse were reconstructed in 2015 as part of the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

Cassondra Boothroyd, Special Events Coordinator

Types of Events

All events are expected to harmonize with the character, mission and public purpose of the site, such as dinners and receptions for convention and travel groups visiting Mackinac Island. Events celebrating birthdays, weddings, etc. are typically not permitted. Check with the Special Events Coordinator for more information on permissible events. In order to preserve the historical appearance of each site signs and decorations are restricted. Consult the Special Events Coordinator for more information.

Any licensed caterer is welcome to cater your event. Mackinac State Historic Parks does not provide catering. There is a pit toilet at Fort Holmes.


Fort Holmes is available either 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. during the summer months. Please be aware that there is no electricity at Fort Holmes and there is no electric light at the site. Event set-up may begin at 4:00 p.m.

Fort Holmes Programs

The fort and blockhouse will remain open during your event. An interpreter and interpretive program on the War of 1812 can be added (see fees structure below).


A non-refundable $250 deposit must be made to secure Fort Holmes for an evening event. Deposits can be made via check or credit card.

  • 0-99 guests $750
  • 100-149 guests $1,050
  • 200 or more guests $2,000
  • Interpreter $175/hour/guide
  • Tent rental and set-up $1,000 (tent will be placed behind Fort Holmes)

-All requests for the tent must be finalized the day prior to the event
-Final payment is due day of event.


Contact the Group Travel Coordinator for an evening event application.


For more information:
Cassondra Boothroyd
(906) 847-3328
Box 370, Mackinac Island, MI 49757