Welcome to the Home Page of the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition.  Our group is dedicated to preserving the history of Michigan men and women who served their country between 1845 and 1973 who either sent material to or personally passed through Historic Fort Wayne as a place of induction to United States military service.  We are busy helping the Fort’s caretakers, the City of Detroit Recreation Department with this effort in two major ways.  First, we are active in presenting high quality events that provide ways for the public to enjoy Historic Fort Wayne and see glimpses or how it would have looked when it was garrisoned.  We are also very busy in the effort of preserving and restoring as much of the structures and facilities as possible on the Fort grounds. 

We welcome you to our Home Page and invite you in to look around.  Inside you’ll find information about the work we do and the fun we have at one of Michigan’s great historic gems.  If you need more information, please use the Contact Us page and we’ll be happy to help you out.

Christmas Cheer Swing Dance December 10

We are excited to offer a chance to "swing" in the holdiays! Join us for the Christamas Cheer Swing Dance fundraiser on December 10. Find out more on the event web page by clicking HERE.

Download this flyer as a PDF.

Press Coverage for July 9-10 Medieval Days

Download this article as a PDF here.

Tours After Dark receives a great news article

The website for CW50 has published a great article about a vist to our "Tours After Dark." Thank you for the kind words! Want to see experience the event for yourself? We still have tickets left for the season. Find out more at the Tours After Dark page. Here is a link to the article:


Vintage Base Ball is Back!

Take me out to the ball game! We are saddened to see the closure of Navin Field and give a big shout out to the great volunteer group that cared for the field there while it was in use - job well done! However, we are proud to again this year bring a full Vintage Base Ball schedule, led by our home teams, the Early Risers and Detroit River Belles. Both teams have full schedules posted on our Vintage Base Ball page. Check them out at some point this year.

2016 Calendar

We work with our partners in the City of Detroit to build great events at Historic Fort Wayne. They schedule of events is starting to take shape for 2016. Find out more on our Events page.

NEW FOR 2016! Several events you can now pay for via PayPal and reserve your spot in Advance. We will have another Swing Dance on April 30 and several of the "Tours After Dark" events. Visit either page to secure your space in advance!

Tours After Dark - Meet the Fort's Ghosts and Spirits

In 2015, we have a new event. It will happen twice - on October 3 and 24. Tours After Dark is your chance to walk the grounds of the Fort at night, hear the stories the tour guides leave out and expereince the spirits of Fort Wayne. We say new because this is not a ghost hunt as we previously held. This is a ghost tour. However, there will be chances given for investigation as part of the tour, so if that is your interest, please bring your equipment. Find out more at the Tours After Dark page. Space is limited so reserve yours by sending an email to info@historicfortwaynecoalition.com.

New Historical Marker to be dedicated.

There is a new State of Michigan historical marker at Historic Fort Wayne. This two-sided marker tells the story of the Treaty of Springwells, a final political act in the War of 1812.

The marker’s dedication will be Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 1pm. Attending the dedication will be representatives of the Michigan Historical Commission and Detroit Recreation Department. The event is open to the public and all are invited!

The marker was paid for with funds coming from the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition and the Friends of Fort Wayne. Each organization paid half.  The Historic Fort Wayne Coalition had the sign pad and sign installed.

Photo Courtesy Steven Medvik

Civil War Days September 12-13

Join us for our annual Civil War re-enactment the weekend of September 12 and 13. The fort will come alive again like it did when first used, with the sounds o f Union soldiers drilling in the Star Fort. See infantry and artillery demonstrations. Meet civilians who lived in Detroit and smaller Michigan towns and farms. Listen to the story of Confederate soldiers and their families to gain a more rounded perspective. Come out for a great time of family fun! Learn more on our Civil War Days page.

New Historic Marker Placed

If you enter the Fort grounds and drive by where the hospital used to be, you will see a BIG change. The Historic Fort Wayne Coalition, working with the support of the City of Detroit, has placed a cannon plaza in the corner of that open field. On this plaza will soon sit pedestals which will hold the cannon that have for so long just lain on the ground around the fort. Finally, these pieces of history will have a place to be displayed!

Photo Courtesy Steven Medvik

Also in the cannon plaza is the newest State of Michigan Historic marker! It tells the story of the Treaty of Springwells, created after the War of 1812 in this area. Stay tuned for information on a dedication ceremony very soon!


Photo Courtesy Steven Medvik

CWPT Park Day is Saturday, March 28

Come join us as we join volunteers from across the country from the Civil War Presrevation Trust and friends. The CWPT Park day is a time when people from across the country get together to help clean up the nation's Civil War sites for the tourist season. Come join us! The event is open to all - you do not have to be an HFWC member to attend! The event will run from 9 am to 4pm. Lunch will be provided and volunteers will receive a t-shirt and patch, based on available supply.

Historic Fort Wayne is currently the only site in Michigan to participate in CWPT Park Day. Come out and help us get our part of America's Civil War history ready for the upcoming season.

2015 Events updated

Check out our Events page and find out about great family weekends at Historic Fort Wayne in 2015.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game - 2015 schedule posted!

Detroit Early Risers Vintage Base Ball Team - Photo take at Historic Fort Wayne

Photo provided by the Detroit Early Risers

Much has been going on for our two Vintage Base Ball Teams. Did I say that right? Yes! Historic Fort Wayne is proud to now host TWO Vintage Base Ball Teams. Of course, the Early Risers have been here for several years. In 2014 we were proud to introduce the Detroit River Belles, a ladies' team. The Belles, like the Early Risers, are also named for a historic team.

The Detroit River Belles have received some really good press last year. Below is a link to a blog story about them and an article on the Detroit Free Press website. Congratulations, ladies!!!!

Detroit UnSpun Blog story of the Detroit River Belles

Detroit Free Press article on the Detroit River Belles

Learn about Fort events on Facebook!

The HFWC has started a new page on Facebook to help all guests who want to learn more about events we and others are holding at Historic Fort Wayne. How can you see that? Follow the link below to the "Historic Fort Wayne Events" page and hit like. We hope to see you there!

Historic Fort Wayne Events - Facebook Page

Work going on the CO House!

Spring is here and it's finally warm enough to do work on the site. Contractors working for the City of Detroit started this week. The Comandant's House is getting a new roof to protect all the artifacts inside. This picture was taken Tuesday, May 6. The grass has turned green and another good step is being taking to stabilize the our gem!

Roof Work

National Past time

The HFWC is proud to count in our numbers members of the Early Risers Vintage Baseball club. It's spring and baseball is in the air. Visit the Vintage Baseball page to see the schedule of when our team plays - at home, away and at the corner of Michigan and Trumball!

Spring Flea Market at hit!

Three great weekends in a row! After two groups came in and helped prepare the grounds for the season, we had our first opening. The spring flea market attracted over 1800 guests to Historic Fort Wayne and was greatly enjoyed! If you are looking for a good flea market at a great venue, we look forward to seeing you this fall on October 11 and 12 for the Fall Flea Market! Find out more at our Flea Market page! See some more photos from this flea market on the new photo page.

Overview of the HFWC Spring 2014 flea market

Thanks to all CWPT Park Day helpers!

Historic Fort Wayne participted in the Civil War Preservation Trust's Park Day on April 5. It is a one day, nationwide clean up of sites significant to the American Civil War. Thanks to the volunteers who came out and made it a great day! We really took more good strides getting our gem ready for guests this year. See more photos and a link to a blog about the event here.

Group of volunteers clean up Historic Fort Wayne during the CWPT's Park Day on April 5, 2014

THANK YOU U of M Heros!

On March 29, about 1,000 Univeristy of Michigan students travelled to help out across Detroit. It was hosted by their non-profit www.detroitpartnership.org. We at Historic Fort Wayne were proud to host about 100 of the students who spent the day helping us clean up our historic gem after the hard winter and prepare it for the upcoming open season. The 100 students worked around the site with 9 HFWC volunteers, ate lunch in the barracks and each got a tour on the Fort's history. Their concerted efforts have made a huge dent in getting the Fort ready for visitors this season. For that we say a huge THANK YOU and GO BLUE!!!

Work Prep for UofM students

Like us on Facebook!

We're thrilled you are visiting the HFWC here on our homepage. If you are a guest or interested in visiting the Fort, you can learn about a lot of events, and see past events, in the "Fort Events" and "Photo Gallery" pages. However, you can also learn more about upcoming events by liking the Fort's regularly updated page on Facebook. Search for "Historic Fort Wayne, Detroit" or follow this link:


Information also goes on the HFWC Facebook page but there is also a lot of "club" chatter there. If you are interested in what's coming up at the Fort, please "Like" the page above.

One other way to help us - check in at the Fort on Facebook when you are there. Together we will all spread the word of the great events coming up at Michigan's Historic Gem!

Painting of Historic Fort Wayne

Tim Kurtz Print

Local artist Tim Kurtz paints historical art. He has done a painting of the Fort! This is the image. Prints of this work are available every time you see our sales table and will shortly be available on our Store page. You'll also be able shortly to learn more about Tim in the store page. For now, you can visit his homepage by visiting our Links page.


Donate Online - Help the Fort!

We now are able to take financial donation here on-line. We are set up through paypal. All funds raised will be used to support our work to help educate the public about Historic Fort Wayne and to preserve and restore it! Thanks for your donations!

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In addition to this site, you can also follow us on Facebook. Join our Facebook group at:


We hope you find this site helpful and we look forward to seeing you at the Fort!

Overhead of Historic Fort Wayne