Driving tour gets up close and personal with War of 1812

Aug 26, 2012

The United States and Canada haven't always been on good terms. Two hundred years ago, we were at war. Now there's a collaboration to explain the war  and honor those who died.

And what better way to learn about history  than to retrace its steps? That’s what organizers of a War of 1812-themed driving tour suggest.

The tour includes parts of Michigan, Ohio and southern Ontario.

Nancy Darga is director of Motor Cities National Heritage area.

"It’s just a big adventure," Darga says. "The route that we gave you have interesting cities and village and towns to go through. We tried to keep it as scenic as possible."

Darga says organizers hope the tour will inspire people to explore American and Canadian heritage.

"What's really fun is the re-enactors. They really get into the story and whole engagement and it's a fascinating thing."

Darga says the tour also illustrates how Native Americans were caught in the middle of the battle between the British and colonists.

Some of the highlights: the River Raisin National Battlefield,  Fort Wayne in Detroit and Fort Malden in Amherstberg, Ontario.

For more information:

www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/BICENTENNIALASSETS_1_304174_7.pdf

www.riverraisinbattlefield.org/

www.fortmalden.ca/

www.historicfortwaynecoalition.com/