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2019 Fort Massac Encampment

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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