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Fort Holmes: Michigan

Mackinac Island, in Michigan, is one of the coolest places to visit in the United States. There's history, tourist shops and fudge (lots of amazing fudge). What many tourists are interested to find out, is that Mackinac Island has a fairly long history. Native American's had settled in the area many centuries before and remained until around the time of the War of 1812.


Fort Holmes was built in 1814 when the British moved into the area during their second war with the United States. A battled ensued from July 26-Aug 4th 1814, between British and American forces. The battle began by American ships firing onto the fort for several days before turning into a battle on land. The US won the battle and the British retreated out of the area.


The fort is said to be haunted by the men killed during the battle. Ghostly soldiers have been seen pacing near the guard house, orbs have been captured in numerous pictures and gun powder has been smelt when walking around. Shadow figures have followed people along the trails around the fort on more than a couple locations. Other paranormal happenings at the fort include: loud footsteps without a source, phantom gun and cannon fire, and disembodied voices.


Mackinac island is an excellent place to visit for history and for ghosts. Many locations are haunted around the island and there are even several ghost tours to check out. I highly recommend visiting.


Photo by: Ralph Eshelman




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