Finding a Fort

posted by Sharon June 6, 2014 10 Comments
Michigan Mackinaw Island Mackinac

Have you ever found a fort? My “find” this week is Fort Mackinac, which my family visited recently. It stands 150 feet up a bluff on an island at the top of Michigan. The fort is the site of battles between the British, Indians, and Americans.

Today, kids play on the silent canon.

The fort’s position proved perfect for defense. Attacked by soldiers in canoes, it stood strong because the shells lobbed at it fell short and landed in gardens below. The view from the top is stunning–and peaceful.

It’s amazing to stand in a place built for battle and experience calm. The horse-drawn wagons glide along below, boats bob in the dock, green grass decorates the landscape. I was surprised that the trees here are still in winter mode, but soon (any day now), spring will arrive even this far north and the trees will bloom again. The seasons will come and go, the fort will stand strong, peace will reign.

How about you? Have you visited a place of battle that’s now peaceful?

Linking up with Friday Finds.

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sarahhuizenga June 6, 2014 at 8:57 am

I love Mackinac Island. We drive by it all the time on the way to the U.P. but we haven’t been there for years now. I love the lack of cars there and the beautiful Grand Hotel.

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Donna June 6, 2014 at 9:42 am

Such a beautiful view! Looks like you had a great adventure and fully appreciated the significance of the place. And yes, we have many Civil War battlefields almost in our own backyard here in Virginia, and they are the places my family picnics and we hike and ride our bikes and go to just sit and think. I’m so pleased to see such places preserved – both for their history and for the calm and quiet respite they offer us today. Thank you for this thoughtful post!

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J Bonafilla June 6, 2014 at 9:55 am

Lovely photos. Here in Europe the place is littered with old battlefields. If you go back far enough blood’s been spilt just about everywhere, but the most impressive are those of the Somme. They’re peaceful now, but, for me, it’s an eery sort of quiet and the history of what took place there never really lets me relax into the landscape. All the best, Bonny

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dalettre June 6, 2014 at 11:53 am

Oh, what a great place to explore!

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Tamar June 6, 2014 at 12:18 pm

What a fun place to see! My summer bucket list has visit one of the forts in the harbor islands here in Boston!

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tiarasandtantrums June 6, 2014 at 1:53 pm

so beautiful – I got engaged on Mackinac Island – need to take my kiddos there!

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Dotti June 6, 2014 at 2:19 pm

I love visiting forts! We visited Fort McHenry a couple of weeks ago when we were in Baltimore. And Mackinac is a place we keep saying we’ll visit … but we haven’t yet. You lovely story is pushing me ever closer.

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Karen, Pixel Posts June 6, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Great views, and it looks like a fun day out. We went to that fort MANY years ago on a school trip.

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Thoughts from the Desktop June 7, 2014 at 9:52 am

Looks a very interesting place to visit. I haven’t visited any forts when we have travelled to the US

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Diane June 8, 2014 at 2:52 pm

It has been some years since returning to Mackinaw Island. One of my favorite places in Michigan. Your phtotos capture it perfectly!

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