Updated: Monday, 04 Mar 2013, 9:49 AM EST
Published : Monday, 04 Mar 2013, 9:49 AM EST
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A newly revitalized fort that features 19th century re-enactments, tours and craft shops is drawing thousands of visitors in Fort Wayne.
Old Fort was built in 1976 as a recreation of an 1816 fortress but it had fallen on hard times by 2004.
The Journal Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/Z12Nsp ) that a group of citizens formed the nonprofit group Historic Fort Wayne Inc. to make repairs to the neglected fort and spice it up with colonial-themed events.
The fort now offers re-enactments of battles and pioneer life, a woodshop and a blacksmith shop. Donations have helped with the fort's maintenance costs.
The nonprofit is now considering putting placards on each building to allow visitors to have self-guided tours. The group is also looking for volunteers to do maintenance work.
Information from: The Journal Gazette, http://www.journalgazette.net