Fort de Chartres Colonial Trade Faire and Musket and Rifle Frolic

Date: Apr 08, 2018 | Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Fort de Chartres Colonial Trade Faire and Musket & Rifle Frolic will be held over two days, Saturday and Sunday, April 7th and 8th. The Faire will feature costumed historic interpreters, shooting matches, and period games with craftspeople and merchants selling reproduction period goods. This event is FREE and open to the public.

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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.

Directions: The Fort is about an hour from downtown St. Louis. Take I-64 East into Illinois to I-255 and exit going South. Take Exit#6 for IL-3 toward Columbia. Take IL-3 to Ruma and then turn west on IL-155. Follow IL-155 through Prairie du Rocher to the site. Fort de Chartres will be on the left.


1350 Illinois Route 155,
Prairie du Rocher, IL