Reenacting

Mackinac State Historic Parks is accepting applications from reenactment units portraying British and American regular infantry and artillery, Canadian and American militia, and Native American groups to participate in this weekend’s events. Groups invited to participate in all events from August 2 through August 4 may camp outside Fort Mackinac and are eligible for a number of complimentary services, including ferry transportation to and from Mackinac Island and dray service on the island. For more information, please fill out and submit this application and submit to Craig Wilson.

The Battle of Mackinac Island:

A Commemoration of the War of 1812 August 2-4, 2014

Two hundred years ago, in August 1814, a month-long American military expedition to recapture Fort Mackinac culminated in the Battle of Mackinac Island. Today, Mackinac State Historic Parks is proud to present a weekend full of events commemorating the battle and the British, American, Canadian, and Native American participants who struggled for control of Mackinac Island. Beginning on August 2 and continuing throughout the weekend, there will be special 1812-era demonstrations and tours inside Fort Mackinac, bike tours of battle-related sites across Mackinac Island, and opportunities to interact with an international group of reenactors and living historians representing the forces who fought over Mackinac in 1814. Additionally, the reconstructed brig Niagara will be visiting Mackinac Island and offering special tours throughout the weekend, and there will be a concert of War of 1812 music inside Fort Mackinac on August 3. The weekend will culminate with a commemorative reenactment of the Battle of Mackinac Island, staged on the original battlefield (now the Wawashkamo Golf Course) at 3:00 PM on August 4.