Established in October 2010, the River Raisin National Battlefield Park was unit #393 in the National Park System and opened to the public in May 2011. As one of the newer units of the National Park System, the River Raisin National Battlefield Park preserves, commemorates, and interprets the January 1813 battles of the War of 1812 and their aftermath in Monroe and Wayne counties in Southeast Michigan. The Battle resulted in the greatest victory for Tecumseh’s American Indian confederation and the greatest defeat for the United States. The resulting rally cry “Remember the Raisin” spurred support for the rest of the war. The battle fought here on Jan 22, 1813 was one of the largest engagements of the War of 1812 and out of about 1000 Americans who fought here, only 33 escaped death or capture, resulting in 15% of the American army being lost!
The Visitor Center includes displays of dioramas & full-size British, Native American & American soldiers, as well as a 17 minute presentation on the Battles of the River Raisin. There is no fee and the Visitor Center is open daily year round, from 9am - 5pm (only closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years). The grounds are open sunrise to sunset.