The 2013 Colonial Days is the 2nd time we've held this event. We were thrilled to have living histoians representing French, British and Colonial forces as well a civilians at the event. Both infantry and artillery were displayed as well as a fife and drum corps. We look forward to this being a great display of life in Michigan before our actual Fort was built.


Drill - Fitchpatrick

Forces of the Crown (British) demonstrate musket drill.

Photo by Kim Fitchpatrick

Musket Fire

Two more soldiers in different uniforms are added for the firing demonstration.

Photo by Ian Kushnir


While spectators and infantrymen watch, an artillery crew fires the cannon.

Photo by Ruth Skaggs Church

2nd PA

A static display shows items used by a member of the 2nd Pennsylvania, an important American regiment in the Revolution.

Photo by Kim Fitchpatrick

Medical - Fitchpatrick

Doctors didn't have all the supplies ours do today. Here is a display of medical tools.

Photo by Kim Fitchpatrick.

Fife and Drum

Music was a huge part of a day in the life of an army. Here a fife and drum corps rehearse in the sally port.

Photo by Ruth Skaggs Church


For living historians and us at the HFWC, this is what it's all about. Guests of all ages getting up close to see, ask, learn and enjoy our history.

Photo by Kim Fitchpatrick