Mayhem at Michilimackinac
Special Friday Evening Tours
True tales of wild brawls, attempted murder, rum smuggling and a trumped up court martial will liven the night as costumed interpreters sketch the turbulent history of this fur trading post in the wilderness. Let the stories of treasonous prisoners and violent conspiracies awaken for you.
Every Wednesday starting June 11 and running through August 13, 2014 from: 7pm – 10pm
*Last Admission at 9:15 pm*
Youth (5-17) $4
Children 4 and under FREE
Adults – $5.00
Youths (5-17) – $3.00
FREE to children 4 & Under and including
Mackinac Associates above Heritage Level
About Mayhem at Michilimackinac
Mackinaw City, Mich. – Mackinac State Historic Parks is pleased to announce the dates for "Mayhem at Michilimackinac." These special evening tours exploring the turbulent side of history including true stories of dramatic and chilling events that took place at Fort Michilimackinac will begin on Friday, June 22, 2012 and run through August 17, 2012.
As the sun sets over the Straits of Mackinac, costumed guides will lead guests on tours highlighting true tales of wild brawls, attempted murder, rum smuggling and a trumped up court martial as the disturbing history of this fur trading post in the wilderness is told. Through the guided program, visitors will learn about frightening, violent, chaotic, and sometimes bloody historic occurences at the outpost. Other topics will include the living conditions of British soldiers at this, one of the most distant outposts of the British Empire. Boredom often drove them to drink, fight and cause other trouble. Punishment for these transgressions was strict and unsympathetic. Violence and brutality was not confined to enlisted men, as officers themselves were also in violent conflicts. These events are chronicled in several historical sources and visitors will have a chance to ponder them at the site where they actually took place.
After each tour, guests are invited to gather around the hearthside at one of the trader's houses for fireside tales of the supernatural and light refreshments including historic beverages and freshly baked bread and biscuits.
The event will begin at 8:00 pm and last until 10:15 pm (last admission is at 9:15 pm), with the guided tours held periodically throughout the evening. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ( ages 5-17). Children four and under are FREE as are Mackinac Associates above the Heritage Level. For more information: call 231-436-4100 or visit Mackinacparks.com. May not be suitable for younger children.