2009-05-16 / Top News

Fort Mackinac Welcomes Visitors for the Season

(Photograph courtesy of Mackinac State Historic Parks) (Photograph courtesy of Mackinac State Historic Parks)

The heavy wooden doors at Fort Mackinac swung open Tuesday, May 5, to welcome visitors for the first time this season. In recognition of their grandmother, Anna Joyce Andress, who served as Lilac Queen 50 years ago in 1959, former Lilac Queens Melissa Bunker of 2006 and Sara Wessel of 2003 helped Mackinac State Historic Parks staff open the fort doors. Constructed during the American Revolution, the fort includes original buildings. Historic interpreters in authentic period costumes offer details on the fort's history. Exhibits, displays, and videos also tell the fort's story. Through June 5, fort hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and as the season gets underway in June, the fort is open until 5 p.m. Opening the doors are (from left) lead interpreter Geoff Woodcox, Ms. Bunker, Chief Curator Steve Brisson, Ms. Wessel, and interpreter Craig Wilson. Not pictured is 2008 Lilac Queen Jane Finkel, who is studying in France.

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