As a history buff / film maker myself , the historic fort wayne is definitely a location to tour. Surrounded by a ton of history, this is as close to being in the boots of the 19th century soldiers in Detroit as you can get. Soldiers from the civil war all the way up to the Vietnam war were stationed or drafted in this very location. Guided tour's are inexpensive but priceless to learn about the history the guides hold and are very friendly.
The individual building's are in pretty rough shape and mostly inaccessible due to unsafe roofs and floors but the ones you can enter that aren't lock are few and far between unfortunately.
The security personal are, to a degree friendly and often will point you to the direction if you get lost or have basic questions. Visitors can walk freely on the grounds and take infinite pictures and might even see a appariton in one of them since this place is haunted.
Speak of, during yearly events, the paranormal group in charge of ghost hunts will have celebrity tv show casts come in and do a actual ghost hunt live with groups of people who are interested in the paranormal and will answer questions with meet and greets. But this luxury comes with a fairly steep price as expected but well worth the experience you'll never forget.
Overall the location has it's plus and minuses. The perks are the beautiful 19th early 20th century building's and the historic value. Ample parking is available and the entire locations perimeter is fenced in which makes you feel secure especially from the ride into the entrance.
The location hosts family friendly events but are few and far inbetween. The civil war reenactments are awesome and during this event they open up the usually locked sleeping quarter's of the infantry building giving you a broad view of this amazing historic vast building which is 3 floors tall. Soldiers inside this building during this civil war reenactment will freely talk to you and are well rehearsed.
Now, the other side of the coin, the negatives..
Coming in off the freeway or off fort street before arriving to the forts entrance is a scary one. Abandoned destroyed homes, leveled or on the brink of 20th century circa buildings are everywhere near the train tracks along with graffiti and copious amounts of trash and a overall feeling of after a war type landscape is what you'll definitely experience. Be sure to have your doors locked.
Pay CLOSE attention to your surroundings and other driver's who come out of the surrounding streets who rarely stop at the stop signs at break neck speeds. And by far pay attention to the stoplight approaching the forts entrance. Even on proceeding on a greenlight I have been nearly t boned by cars going right through this intersections red light as if it doesn't even exist. PAY ATTENTION. I cannot express that enough.
The historic ft waynes website is far far behind technology and is rarely updated. While looking for a calendar of events or a telephone number to call from the website, I fell short. The number given after scrolling through multiple pages on Google that I did find to contact the fort about events, never if rarely connects to a living person or any recorded info period.
This website severely needs updating. You have a better chance of stumbling upon a event in progress if you just so happen to visit on a random day vs finding any info on their website. The hour's the fort is open is very short to the public so plan to arrive mid morning after 10am is best if you wish to get a few hour's in to explore.
Overall the history, guided tour's, photogenic landscape and events are well worth the drive to the Historic Fort Wayne.
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