Just so you know: Fort Wayne’s residents will be under siege on September 8-9, 2012.
Don't panic. It is a re-enactment of the summer of 1812 when America, a fledgling nation, declared war on Great Britain. Native Americans fought with the British to take over Fort Wayne and other forts in what was then called the Northwest Territory. These forts included Detroit and Michilimackinac in Michigan; Dearborn located in present-day downtown Chicago.
War chief Tecumseh and his brother, the Prophet, set these properties on fire while killing many inhabitants and taking others prisoner. Soon, Fort Wayne was the only American outpost on the frontier.
On September 4, 1812, Chief Winamac and his Natives approached Fort Wayne with more murderous intents. Thankfully, help was on the way as to the south the Kentucky Militia approached on the double. Question was: Who would get there first and what would be the outcome?
The re-enactment begins on Saturday morning when Fort Wayne is transformed into Fort Dearborn and the Natives attack and kidnap inhabitants.
On Saturday afternoon Fort Wayne takes back its identity as it comes under attack. Part 2 occurs on Sunday afternoon when the Kentucky Militias arrives. Will they be there in time to save the fort? Will anyone perish?
Saturday, July 7: 10 a.m. -- 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 8: 10 a.m. -- 4 p.m.
During the weekend, you can also watch demonstrations of period cooking, gardening, and military life. Admission is free; donations accepted.
The Old Fort’s website (www.oldfortwayne.org) is informative and colorfully illustrated. Be sure to go to ‘The Siege’ page and watch the video advertising this special event. It is suspenseful, realistic, and filmed very well. I was impressed.
The next weekend another historic event takes place at the fort with Camp Allen Muster 1860-1865. Re-enactors bring to life daily activities of Civil War era. Soldiers and civilians provide demonstrations, including period cooking, military procedures and games for children. Admission is free. Donations accepted.
Saturday, July 14: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 15: 10 a.m. -- 4 p.m.
1201 Spy Run Ave
Parking can be found in the following locations
? Across the street off of Spy Run Avenue and Baltes Avenue
? On Fourth Street between Spy Run Avenue and Clinton Street
• At Headwaters Park across the river from the Fort
Kayleen Reusser has written children’s books and had stories in Chicken Soup books. She writes features for the News-Sentinel newspaper and profiles for the Ossian Sun Riser. She loves to travel and write about her experiences at her website: www.KayleenR.com