Garrison Life at Fort Holmes

Mackinac State Historic Parks staff and reenactors from around the Great Lakes will gather on Mackinac Island to recreate the early years of peace following the War of 1812, and to garrison Fort Holmes. Activities will focus on the brief period (1815-1817) during which Fort Holmes served as an active and important part of Mackinac Island’s defenses. Most of the activities will take place at Fort Holmes on Saturday, July 6, with limited activities at Fort Mackinac on July 7. Events at Fort Holmes are free and are designed to enhance your visit to Fort Mackinac. Activities at Fort Mackinac require normal Fort Mackinac admission.

Schedule of Events
Saturday, July 6
9:45 a.m. Reenactors arrive to Fort Holmes
10:00 a.m. Morning colors and guard mount
10:30 a.m. Close Order Drill
11:00 a.m. Company Exercise and Firing, followed by Fort Holmes Walking Tour
12:00 p.m. War at Mackinac Tour
1:00 p.m. Rifle Drill, followed by Fort Holmes Walking Tour
2:00 p.m. War at Mackinac Tour
3:00 p.m. Company Exercise and Firing, followed by Fort Holmes Walking Tour
4:00 p.m. Design a Fort Engineering Activity
4:30 p.m. Company Exercise and Firing
5:00 p.m. Retreat and march back to Fort Mackinac camp

Sunday, July 7
9:30 a.m. Reenactors arrive to Fort Mackinac
10:00 a.m. Musket Firing Demonstration
11:30 a.m. Musket Firing Demonstration