Date: Nov 04, 2017 | Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fort de Chartres Winter Rendezvous and Woodswalk. The Fort de Chartres State Historic Site presents a weekend of colorful clothing, hand-made crafts, period music and delicious food with re-enactors depicting soldiers, trappers, traders and Native Americans demonstrating frontier life from 1700 to 1820. The event is FREE and open to the public. See website for more information.
The original wooden stockade of the first Fort de Chartres was built in 1720 by the French government, along the Mississippi River, in what was then Illinois Country. A third stone fort was completed in the summer of 1760 after the first two wooden forts deteriorated because of flooding. The site was eventually abandoned in 1771 due in part to the flooding of the Mississippi River.
The stone powder magazine was the only original building that remained when the Illinois government purchased the fort site in 1913. What visitors see today is a reconstruction of parts of the third fort, depictions of where other buildings were located and the restored powder magazine.
Fort de Chartres State Historic Site can be visited year-round and is open Thursday - Sunday, 9am - 5pm. Admission is FREE, but donations are appreciated. The Fort also holds several events throughout the year, including the Fort de Chartres Rendezvous held in June, the Fort de Chartres French & Indian War Encampment in October, and the Fort de Chartres Winter Rendezvous & Woodswalk in November.
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