2018 Fort De Chartres French and Indian War Encampment
Be here for the Annual Fort De Chartres French and Indian War Encampment on October 13-14, 2018 at Fort De Chartres in Prairie du Rocher, Illinois. Experience 1750s historically dressed Native American, soldier, militia, and camp follower re-enactors as they participate in everyday camp activities from the French and Indian War era. The Fort De Chartres French and Indian War Encampment is sponsored by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres, with additional event site support by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
Fort De Chartres French and Indian War Encampment
The French and Indian War was the North American theater of the worldwide Seven Years War, taking place in the 1750s-1760s. Although there were never any battles at Fort de Chartres, the surrender of this fort in 1765 to the Britih marked the final event of the war.
Each year, sutlers and reenactors dressed as Native Americans, soldiers, militia, and camp followers participate in everyday camp activities at the Fort De Chartres French and Indian War Encampment such as craft demonstrations, battle reenactments, and shooting competitions at Fort De Chartres.
It’s a family-friendly event, so bring the kids and bring your camera so you don’t miss a moment of the Fort De Chartres French and Indian War Encampment.
Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.
Be sure to mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Fort De Chartres French and Indian War Encampment at Fort De Chartres in Prairie du Rocher, IL.
Family friendly event open to all ages
Handicapped parking is available, along with a gravel path from the parking lot into and along the inside of the Fort. The Site’s museum and restrooms are wheelchair accessible via a ramp in back.
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets on a 10 foot leash and service animals are welcome anywhere on site including the grounds, inside the museum, and in the reconstructed buildings.
Fort de Chartres State Historic Site
1350 State Route 155
Prairie du Rocher, IL 62277 US
About Fort de Chartres
Located near Prairie du Rocher in the state of Illinois, Fort de Chartres is the only stone fort constructed by the French in the heart of the North American continent. Three forts were consecutively built between 1720 and 1755, bearing witness to the French colonial empire established in the Mississippi basin during the XVIIIth century. Abandoned for many decades, it was during the wave of historical site development in the first half of the XXth century that the state of Illinois partially rebuilt it to perpetuate the memory of the French presence in the region.
Although it was constructed out of stone, the new fort was not made to resist grand artillery fire; rather, it was made to resist native sieges. After the signature of the Treaty of Paris in 1763, officialising the French defeat at the end of the Seven Years’ War, Fort de Chartres wound up in British hands and was renamed Fort Cavendish.
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