My wife and I like to head out on day trips and for our latest drive we decided to drive down to the City of Monroe and check out the newest National Park in Michigan.

The River Raisin National Battlefield Park was the site of a pair of battles during the War of 1812.   The area back then was called, Frenchtown and featured the greatest defeat for the U.S.

The park features a small visitors center that features items from the battle and details of what happened during the conflicts at Frenchtown.   There is also a film that talks about the battles but my wife and I didn't hang around to watch.

Outside the center features a field along with a few historical markers highlighting what happened on the grounds of the park.

The park is still in the process of being developed and is one that my wife and I will try to visit again once more things are added.   It was interesting to read about these battles which you hardly ever hear much about.

I have never been to Monroe but have heard about many of the historic things around the town.   The battlefield park is there.  There is also a memorial for the many soldiers from Kentucky who died at the battles at the River Raisin.

South of the park is the river and Lake Erie is also close by.   WM. C. Sterling State Park has a lot of beach front on Lake Erie and due to the rainy weather over the past weekend the water was a little rough.

General George Custer had lived in Monroe for much of his youth and that is commemorated with a statue in town.

My wife and I didn't spent a lot of time in Monroe but we had the opportunity to see many of the historic places around and hopefully someday can go back and see more of this historic Michigan town.

Monroe, Michigan

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