Most of us assume when we make our first visit to Fort Wayne that it was named for a fort. Seems logical enough, right? Right. What most people don’t expect is that the fort (or a very good replica of the fort at least) is located in downtown Fort Wayne. That’s right, while you’re in town you too can visit Old Fort Wayne and find out how this great city began.
When I first met my husband, he seemed incredibly impressed that I lived near the historic fort. I admit, I hadn’t given it much thought and simply assumed that his history degree meant he got geeked up by that kind of thing often. But after the first trip to the old fort, I understood what he was so excited about.
The current replica of the fort is a replica of Major John Whistler’s fort in 1815 and stood at the junction of the three rivers in Fort Wayne, the St. Mary’s, St. Joseph, and Maumee Rivers. As my husband points out, without the bravery of the men who fought at the forts built in Fort Wayne, commerce in the United States would have struggled to move west. The headwaters of these three rivers became the gateway from the Great Lakes to the rest of the Midwest, allowing for commerce and trade to flourish.
Historic Fort Wayne, Inc hosts many events throughout the year showcasing the importance of this historic landmark. Upcoming events include:
Siege of Fort Wayne 1812
Guided tours will be offered Saturday June 8 from 10-7 and Sunday June 9 from 10-4. Tickets for the tour can be obtained in exchange for a donation at the Kegionga Mercantile, located on the Fort property. Tour groups are limited to 12 participants at a time.
Revolutionary War-The Western Front 1775-1783
Guided tours will be offered on Saturday July 13 from 10-7 and Sunday July 14 from 10-4. Tickets for the tour can be obtained in exchange for a donation at the Kegionga Mercantile, located on the Fort property. Tour groups are limited to 12 participants at a time.
Fort Miamies 1754-1763
Guided tours will be offered on Saturday August 24 from 10-7 and Sunday August 25 from 10-4. Tickets for the tour can be obtained in exchange for a donation at the Kegionga Mercantile, located on the Fort property. Tour groups are limited to 12 participants at a time.
The Old Fort is open from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily however; tours are only available during scheduled events.
Michelle Merritt moved to Fort Wayne in 2008 and has found it to be one of the most warm and welcoming cities she's ever lived or worked in. She and her husband Jason live and work in downtown Fort Wayne. Together they are blending their big city urban experiences into life in America's biggest small town. Michelle writes and manages The Momish Blog and the Merrfeld Manor Blog. She is also a contributor to Moms Fort Wayne and The Paperblog where she writes about the joys and challenges of step parenting. Michelle also works as a professional career coach and recruiter.