2018-07-07 / News

Ghastly Mackinac Tour To Share Fort’s Unsavory Past

The Ghastly Mackinac evening tour addresses a part of Mackinac Island’s past that is generally unknown to visitors, pulling back the veil of 19th century life here and the dark reality it could represent for settlers.

For a majority of soldiers and their families, Fort Mackinac was a comfortable station. But at times, Fort Mackinac could be a dark and gruesome place. The guided tour will showcase the bleaker aspects of Fort Mackinac’s history, featuring stories of crime and mistreatment, public execution, illness and tragedy, murder, the legendary Beaumont experiments, the 1829 Christmas Mutiny, and military punishments.

Conducted by Mackinac Historic State Parks, the tour is scheduled on two Saturdays, July 14, and August 1, and will get underway at 7:30 p.m. at the entrance ramp leading up to Fort Mackinac.

The event costs $10 for adults, $5 for children ages five to 12, and is free for Mackinac Associates members.

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