Date: Jun 02, 2018 | Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The 48th annual Fort de Chartres June Rendezvous will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 2nd and 3rd. This event will feature black powder shooting competitions, 1700s military drills, period music and dancing, French food, dueling swordsmen, traders of 18th century goods and more! FREE and open to the public with a special event parking price of $5 per car. 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.