From Dave’s it was roughly a 7 minute walk to the old Fort Park and museum. The park and museum sat on top of a winding hill that of course was the perfect place to build a fort. If the French or Indians attacked you, you were on top the hill and could rain cannon balls down on them. They still had cannons sitting in the old fort, although there isn’t much of the old fort left and what was there was actually rebuilt in the 1950’s as part of the sesquicentennial celebration of Fort, Fort Wayne. It was later discovered that the fort was actually built in the 1780’s, but that wasn’t really talked about much.
The fort also had a restored home from the period and a couple of other buildings that we would tour each time we came. They didn’t change much year over year, but we went in each time like they were new. The Fort at Fort Wayne played a pivotal role for the British during the time leading up to the Revolutionary war. It gave them a staging fort that would allow them to conduct raids against both the French and the Indian tribes that were aligned with the French.
During the revolutionary war the Fort was the subject of a number of attacks and changed hands a couple of times. It was, the primary English fort for attacking Vincennes and southern Indiana and Illinois. “Long Knife” as he was called by the Native American’s living in the area. George Rogers Clark as he is known in history gained fame in forcing the British out of Indiana. His brother William Clark would go on to be part of the Lewis and Clark expedition that discovered most of the upper western United States. George, the older brother spent his own money in the revolutionary war and died a penniless patriot.