Historic River Raisin Battleground to draw more tourists

Published: Aug. 27, 2018 at 7:45 PM EDT
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Monroe was recently part of an assessment done by the National Park Service that included the River Raisin National Battlefield Park as part of a larger plan to create a "History Corridor" that would link the historic battleground with Sterling State Park, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Eagle Island Marsh, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources wetlands and wildlife habitat east of I-75 and north of the River Raisin, properties south of the River Raisin including Hellenberg Field, Soldiers and Sailors Park, and historic and cultural resources in downtown Monroe.

The improvements to the 1812 battleground are expected to draw more than one million visitors a year when completed.

The $100 million project begins with the purchase of 20 houses that will be taken down to build a re-creation of historic Frenchtown. This will be a portrayal of life in the region in the early 1800s and will also include an education center.

River Raisin Heritage Corridor-East Master Plan under related links.