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The Old Fort

  • 1201 Spy Run Ave., Fort Wayne, IN 46805
  • (260) 437-2836
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Enjoy a stroll through the sights and sounds of yesteryear! The Old Fort is a faithful copy of the post built by  American troops under the command of Major John Whistler in 1815. It is the last of three American forts to stand at the junction of the St. Mary’s, St. Joseph, and Maumee Rivers. Events and programs highlighting the fort's significance to the Old Northwest Territory, the State of Indiana, and the United States during the 17th and 18th centuries are presented on weekends throughout the season. Visit the Old Fort, where history is brought to life! 

For event updates, go to or Wayne. 

Parking for the Old Fort is available at Headwaters Park, Lawton Park, and in the lot across from the fort on Spy Run Avenue.  Visitors can use the walking bridge from Headwaters Park, the Rivergreenway Trail from Lawton Park, and the Rivergreenway Trail under the Spy Run Bridge to access the fort. (See note below.)

Please note: The bridge on Spy Run Avenue is undergoing construction and is often down to one or two lanes. Expect traffic delays when visiting the Old Fort. Please use extreme caution when crossing Spy Run Avenue.

The Rivergreenway Trail from Lawton Park and the Rivergreenway Trail under the Spy Run Bridge are currently closed due to construction.  We apologize for this inconvenience.


**The grounds and outer buildings of the Old Fort are handicap accessible, but the buildings within the walls of the fort are not.  The parade ground is gravel.