Are you a history buff? History is one my favorite subjects. Living in Michigan, there are numerous locations that are rich in history. Here are some of the more interesting sites. Many do require a road trip, but that’s half the fun.
Colonial Michilmackinac is located in Mackinaw City, Michigan. The Michilmackinac brings the past to life. The fort and fur trading village was originally founded in 1725 and was reconstructed with the use of historical maps and archaeology research. There are special events held throughout the tourist season which include the Mayhem at Michilmackinac which shares true tales of the area’s past. The fort even hosts tent encampments as well which gives a glimpse of what life would have been like on the fort years ago. The fort also has cannon and muskets fired by British soldiers as well as women dressed in colonial attire as they prepare food. There is a playground to keep kids occupied and a museum store where you are able to buy gifts, books and apparel.
Fort Mackinac is located on Mackinaw Island in Michigan. Fort Mackinac shows one of the oldest buildings in Michigan as well as many other historical structures that were used to host military training exercise, medical treatment facilities and just everyday family life. Fort Mackinac was a military outpost. There are many events that will give the visitor a glimpse into the life within the fort. There are other historical attractions on the island such as the Benjamin Blacksmith Shop and the Mission Church.
Delaware Cooper Mine
The Delaware Cooper Mine is located near Cooper Harbor, Michigan. The mine has self-guided tours which give you a chance to explore the area or guided tours depending on what you would like to experience. The Delaware Cooper Mine was up and running all the way back in the year 1847. They have estimated that over eight million pounds of cooper have actually been removed from this location over the years.
The USS Silversides is a submarine museum located in Muskegon, Michigan. The USS Silversides is a World War II submarine. The USS Silversides has seen many combat war patrols especially during the WWII. The USS Silversides has public tours as well as overnight encampments. During the overnight encampment, the visitor can get the sense of what being on a submarine was really like as you walk the decks and sleep where military personnel did in the past.