Visit Detroit's
Historic Fort Wayne

A thousand-year backstory in the D's backyard

SUPPORT THE FORT!   Make your tax-deductible contribution online now! 


For documents and updates pertaining to the HFW Rehab and Lease Program, please see the city's webpage here.


Fort Wayne Early Years

The Fort is Closed for the Season

The fort grounds are currently closed for the winter. We will reopen again in May with partial access. We thank you for your kind support this past year and hope to present all our great Summer programs in the 2021 season. Please see our Events page or the HFWC Events Facebook page for latest updates.

The Coalition's work is funded in great part by our summer events. Sadly, we had to cancel all events last year. Please consider a donation or membership or a purchase from our online store to help us continue our mission of maintaining and preserving Historic Fort Wayne!


Watch a great flick,
help preserve history! 

“Hold My Horse” is a true story about Civil War General Israel Richardson, who entered service at Fort Wayne.  It's a short, light-hearted recounting showing true leadership, compassion, and more than a bit of ironic humor.

Only $3 to rent or $5 to buy. Proceeds benefit Historic Fort Wayne Coalition and Save Historic Antietam Foundation (where Richardson was mortally wounded).

Hold My Horse - Short Story


Civil War Days • Collectibles Market • "USO" Swing Dance • Colonial Days • More! • View Calendar


Plan Your Visit

Historic Fort Wayne regular operating hours are every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm, May through October. Longer hours during many special events. Guided tours are available almost every weekend and weekday tours are available by appointment.  

Historical Insights

Historical Insights

 Can't make it to the fort as soon as you'd like? We're looking forward to your visit, but in the meantime you can learn a little about Historic Fort Wayne right here on the website. You can even take a virtual tour!

About The Coalition

Historic Fort Wayne Coalition is the volunteer organization responsible for much of the maintenance at the fort. We're a non-profit dedicated to preserving Fort Wayne's history and the legacy of those who served here during its 128 years of operation.

Great Gifts in Our Online Store

We've got some unique items in our online store, just for you or the history lover in your life. Our shopping cart is safe and secure so order with confidence. Every cent of profit goes toward the fort's day to day maintenance. 


“I made a wrong turn just the other day and stumbled upon this wonderful, historical place. I recommend that everyone make a real effort to visit one day."

“So Glad this place is under going restoration. It is a gem and should be cherished for now and future generations. So much History!"

“Beautiful tour, knowledgeable tour guide and very nice staff, a great start to my adventure into history travels. Very excited to visit again..."