Mackinac Island: Victorian Charm In Modern Era


This Sept. 23, 2012 photo shows a downtown street on Mackinac Island, Mich. The island, located in Lake Huron, offers Victorian charm in modern times, with a century-long ban on motor vehicles. Bikes and even horse carriages are common sights on the island. (AP Photo/Anick Jesdanun)

Native Americans were the first settlers on the island. Europeans missionaries came to the area in the 1670s, followed by fur traders. The British moved operations from the mainland to the island in 1780 as protection from Americans in revolt.

So important was the outpost that the British didn’t cede the island until 1796, well after Americans won the Revolutionary War. The British got Mackinac Island back briefly after a surprise attack at the start of the War of 1812.

Through those years, the island’s military center was Fort Mackinac, built on top of a hill a short walk from the main village.

For $11, visitors can stroll through Fort Mackinac. You can witness demonstrations of old-style guns and a cannon – be sure to heed the demonstrators’ advice to cover your ears. You can also see some of the buildings once used for distributing supplies, housing soldiers and more.

During the summer months, the admission also gets you into historic buildings in the main village, including a blacksmith shop and the former site of American Fur Co.

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