Historic Fort Wayne schedules special events, summer hours

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Historic Fort Wayne will host two special events in July in addition to its regular summer schedule that began this month.

Visitors to “Napoleonic Days” on July 13 and 14 will see the French and coalition armies meet outside of the historic Old Fort. Military and civilians will interact with the public and engage in daily life, displays and drills re-enacting this dramatic military period.

The fort will be open to the public between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, and 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 14. Tours of the fort will be offered throughout the weekend.

On July 27 and 28, visitors can enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the American Revolution as the Continental Army and British forces will be on hand to provide live demonstrations throughout the day on period specific artillery and military maneuvers. Re-enactors will also bring to life the daily activities of this time period through demonstrations on period cooking, gardening, blacksmithing and more.

The fort will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 28. Tours of the fort will be offered throughout the weekend.

A freewill donation will be accepted at both events. For more information, tune in to AM 1640 Old Fort Radio, visit www.oldfortwayne.org or call (260) 437-2836. The Old Fort is located at 1201 Spy Run Ave., with parking available at Headwaters and Lawton parks.

On non-event weekends through Aug. 4, the fort will have regular open hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Founded in 2004, Historic Fort Wayne is a non-profit organization that manages the Old Fort to educate the community about the fort and its significance to the Northwest Territory, state of Indiana and the United States during the 17th and 18th centuries. All events are free to the public and all programming is funded by private and corporate donations.

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