Explore Michilimackinac’s Gardens During Gardens and Good Things to Eat Weekend

Everyone loves a good meal, including the historic residents of Michilimackinac! Join the interpretive staff at Colonial Michilimackinac to tour and help maintain the fort’s 5,500-plus square feet of gardens, assist with running the outdoor bread oven (and taste the results!), watch meals cooked over an open fire, and learn more about the unique food cultures of Michilimackinac’s French, British, and Native American residents.

“For these events, we’ll be doing things that are truly special that guests wouldn’t be able to see otherwise,” said Craig Wilson, Mackinac State Historic Parks Curator of History. “Even if someone has visited in the past, there is always something new to see or do.”

            The daily schedule at Colonial Michilimackinac will be adjusted for the weekend:

  • 9:00 a.m. – Colonial Michilimackinac Open
  • 10:00 a.m. – Musket Firing Demonstration
  • 10:30 a.m. – Chocolate at the Commanding Officer’s House
  • 11:00 a.m. – Artillery Firing Demonstration
  • 11:30 a.m. – “The Pleasures of the Table:” A French-Canadian Dinner at the Merchant’s House
  • 12:30 p.m. – Gardens of Michilimackinac Tour
  • 1:30 p.m. – A Taste of the 18th Century: Samples and Snacks
  • 2:30 p.m. – Design a Formal Garden Activity at the Commanding Officer’s Garden
  • 3:00 p.m. – Musket Firing Demonstration and Soldiers’ Diet Tour
  • 4:00 p.m. – Tea at the British Trader’s House
  • 5:00 p.m. – Gardens of Michilimackinac Tour
  • 6:00 p.m. – Artillery Firing Demonstration
  • 6:30 p.m. – Musket Firing Demonstration
  • 7:00 p.m. – Colonial Michilimackinac Closed for the Evening

All special events and programs are included with regular admission to Colonial Michilimackinac. Colonial Michilimackinac will be open 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. during the event. More information can be found at