2019 Forts Folle Avoine Fur Trade Rendezvous
Join us here at The Great Forts Folle Avoine Fur Trade Rendezvous on July 25-28, 2019 at the Forts Folle Avoine Historic Park in Danbury, Wisconsin as dozens of fur trade camps fill Sayer’s Field and Trader’s Row. Represented is a variety of unique characters, all gathering together after a rigorous winter of trapping. As was true two hundred years ago, goods are “traded”, stories told, and fun times enjoyed by rendezvous campers, traders, and visitors.
Forts Folle Avoine Fur Trade Rendezvous
When the fur traders packed their canoes with precious furs and began the arduous journey north after the long cold winter at Forts Folle Avoine, their destination was Grand Portage. There, for a few weeks before preparing for the return trip, they could relax as they took part in the much anticipated Rendezvous celebration.
The Great Folle Avoine Fur Trade Rendezvous includes demonstrations of period skills including black powder shooting, archery and tomahawk throwing. Tasty food prepared in the fur-trade era manner is a treat. Goods offered by the traders include period clothing, furnishings, camp gear, trade silver, animal skins, jewelry and a fascinating variety of other utilitarian and decorative items.
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday: 10am – 4pm daily
General Admission (daily)
$6.00 Children 6-17
Free for Children 5 and under and for Burnett County Historical Society members
$28.00 Family with 2 children
$8.00 Seniors, College Students and Military (active and veterans), ID is required
General Admission including Wild Rice Pancake Breakfast and Tour of Fur Posts and Ojibwe Indian Village 10am – 3pm
$15.00 Adults (18 & older)
$10.00 Children (6-17)
Free for Children 5 and under
$13.00 Seniors, College Students and Military (active and veterans), ID is required
2018 List of Activities (subject to change, check back for additions)
- Shooting Range (lower camp area): Competitions and Practice TBD
- Hawk & Knife (near Indian Village): Ongoing Demonstrations and Practice, Competitions TBD
- Archery (near Indian Village): Ongoing Demonstrations and Practice, Competitions TBD
- Special Activities: Medallion Hunt, Kids Games, Bead Pile, Scavenger Hunt, Ladies Games, Candy Cannon, Cribbage Tournament, Round Robin for Kids and Adults
- On-Going Demonstrations and Activities
Bead Making, Blacksmith, Brain Tanning, Candle Making, Leather Garments, Sewing, Wood Carving, Quillwork, Napier Calculator, Candy Store and more
Clay Ovens (firing in morning, baking noon-4pm)
Frontier Family Life
Fur Trade Trapping and Hunting
Wild Rice Pancake Breakfast (Sunday)
Wild Rice Pancake Breakfast: 8am – 12:30pm
$8.00 Adults (13 & older)
$4.00 Children (6-12)
Free for Children 5 and younger
The breakfast is a wonderful “before or after church” activity, a great place to meet your neighbors or bring your weekend guests. Breakfast includes Wild Rice Pancakes, Sausage, Eggs and Beverage. Stay after breakfast to see the exhibits, take a Tour, and enjoy shopping in the Gift Shop.
Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park
8500 County Road U
Danbury, WI 54830
Directions: We are located on County Rd U just 3 miles west of State Rd 35, midway between Webster and Danbury Wisconsin.
For More Information: Call 715-866-8890; Email email@example.com
About Forts Folle Avoine
Over 200 years ago, the North West Company and the XY Company traveled along the Yellow River where they built fur trading posts, now known as Fort Folle Avoine. When the North West Company first arrived, they built a trading post where the Indian population and the French explorers bartered for furs, primarily beaver fur which was incredibly cherished among the European market. Fur traders traveled hundreds of miles and portaged in every direction anticipating the rendezvous, also known as a meeting place where trading and bartering took place. After furs and other products, were traded, the furs were then carried along the Yellow River onto Montreal and then eventually to Europe. At the end of the 1805 trading season, the fur traders loaded their canoes, traveled along the Yellow River and never returned to Fort Folle Avoine. What sets Fort Folle Avoine apart or makes this place so unique is that during the 1800’s the French explorers stayed in this area around two years, where most trading posts were built and lived in for about a year and then abandoned and moved on down the river.
Mark your calendar today so you won’t miss the next Forts Folle Avoine Fur Trade Rendezvous at the Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park in Danbury, Wisconsin.
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