2019 Fort Massac Encampment
The 45th Annual Fort Massac Encampment on October 19-20, 2019 at Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis, Illinois will feature the thunderous boom of cannons and a tempting assortment of foods and activities from which to choose. It is more than an old-timey crafts fair, as it pays tribute to Illinois’ rich frontier history. See what life was like back in the 1700s and early 1800s at the Fort Massac Encampment, which will be held at the historic site. Historical reenactors and skilled craftspeople representing French, British and Americans gather at the Encampment to demonstrate the skills and lifestyles of early residents in this area.
Fort Massac Encampment
Battle of Drouillard Creek Reenactment
Visitors to the two-day event view military camps and buck skinner lodges, craft stalls and trade blankets, and booths with period food and drinks. Battle re-enactments will again be held in the valley area, which Fort Massac Site Superintendent Terry Johnson says gives spectators the best view of the battle. The crowds will be able to watch the authentically-garbed troops face off in the Battle of Drouillard Creek.
The mock battles depict how a typical battle of those times between French, British and Colonial troops and their Indian allies might have looked.
Daily Event Schedule (subject to change)
10:00 am – Posting of Colors – Old Fort Area
10:30 am – 42nd Royal Highlanders’ Bagpiper Band – Main Event Area
11:30 am – Voyagers Canoe Welcome – Riverfront
1:00 pm – Fashion Show
3:00 pm – Mock Battle/Military Tactical Demonstration – Battlegrounds
5:00 pm (SAT) 4:30 pm (SUN) – Military Retreat Ceremony – Old Fort Area
5:00 pm (SUN) Event Closes – End of Sundays Activities
Fort Massac Encampment Mini-Gallery
Main Stage Area
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Located next to the museum by the military camp along the main walkway. The music being performed is of the 18th century. Various groups of entertainers will be performing throughout the day.
10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ongoing entertainment such as music, story telling, puppet shows. Located at the main event area next to the museum.
Food, Snacks and Drink
Enjoy period food rrom the many vendors located in the food area. Items such as candy, caramel corn, apple crisp, root beer, lemonade, turkey legs, elk burgers, ribs, chicken, sausage & kraut, cabbage, buffalo chili, corn on the cob, stew, ham & beans, Indian fry bread, pumpkin pie and much more!
Education Day Information
History will come to life for school kids from across the region at the Fort Massac Encampment. The Encampment vendors and re-enactors will have special programs and activities set up for all visiting schools. If you would like information about bringing a school or class fill out the online form and a representative from Fort Massac State Park will be in touch with you. You may also call Fort Massac at 618-524-4712.
The Fort Massac Encampment prides itself on the authenticity of this event. All vendors – goods and food- must be in late 1700’s to early 1800 attire. All goods or food must be proven to have existed during that time period as well. As the event has grown we continue to receive requests from those that want to become vendors. Please complete the online form. Your submitted information will be reviewed by an IDNR representative. You will then be contacted by an IDNR representative if selected to become a vendor.
Fort Massac Encampment Location
Fort Massac State Park
1308 E 5th Stret
Metropolis, IL 62960
For More Information:
Call 618-524-5025 or 877-424-5025 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
About Fort Massac State Park
Fort Massac State Park, home of the annual Fort Massac Encampment, is a combination of scenic beauty, historic area with a replica 1802 American Fort, and museum and visitor center. Experience the scenic splendor of southern Illinois, with plenty of outdoor fun and events tied to the region’s rich history. Overlooking the Ohio River from the southern tip of Illinois, this majestic Fort Massac location has been preserved and maintained since 1908, when it became Illinois’ first state park. Fort Massac State Park is also home to special events that bring to life Colonial and early American history, including the popular Fort Massac Encampment festival each October, and fascinating interpretive programs year round at the park and the Fort Massac Visitor Center.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Fort Massac Encampment in October at Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis, Illinois.
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