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Fort Massac

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When:
October 21, 2017 – October 22, 2017 all-day
2017-10-21T00:00:00-04:00
2017-10-23T00:00:00-04:00
Where:
The Fort Massac Encampment
1308 E 5th St
Metropolis, IL 62960
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Fort Massac State Park
618-524-9321

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From  http://metropolistourism.com/events/fort-massac-encampment/

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The 44th Annual Fort Massac Encampment
October 21-22, 2017

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See what life was like back in the 1700s and early 1800s at Fort Massac State Park’s 44th annual Fort Massac Encampment, which will be held at the historic site Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22.

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The 2017 Encampment 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.  Historical re-enactors and skilled craftspeople representing French, British and Americans gather at the Encampment to demonstrate the skills and lifestyles of early residents in this area.

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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 Chris McGinness 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.

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Picture of Fort Massac

http://www.crazycrow.com/site/venue/fort-massac-state-park/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PAST EVENTS

 

 


2014 Event

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A re-enactment of the lifestyles and atmosphere of the 1700s is held each year in October. The Fort Massac Encampment typically brings about 80,000 people to the site. This year, the encampment is Oct. 18 and 19, 2014 . Admission is free.

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For more information, call 618-524-9321

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Brief history below from this link:

http://thesouthern.com/news/local/early-american-history-lives-at-fort-massac/article_712d3ea4-174e-57b5-a112-73090053a9b3.html

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With its history dating all the way back to 1540, the site of Fort Massac is an integral early American part of Southern Illinois’ history.

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The fort itself was built by the French in 1757 as Fort De L’Ascension during the French and Indian War. It was rebuilt in 1759-60 and was renamed Massiac in honor of the then French Minister of Colonial Affairs.

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In 1763, after the war, the French left the fort, and it was reported that a tribe of Chickasaws burned it to the ground.

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Shortly after, the British took control of the burned down fort and anglicized the name to its current form of Massac. The fort was not rebuilt until President George Washington ordered the reconstruction in 1794.

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The fort also played a minor role in the War of 1812, only to be abandoned again in 1814. The site served as a training camp early in the Civil War, which is the last time U.S. troops were stationed there. It was abandoned after a measles outbreak in 1861.

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In 1903, with the help of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the site was purchased by the state of Illinois. On Nov. 5, 1908, it was officially dedicated as Illinois’ first state park.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Massac

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Fort Massac State Park website – http://www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R5/frmindex.htm

 

 


2013 event

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Date(s):  10/19/2013 10/20/2013

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Time(s):  Saturday 10:00 to 5:00, Sunday 10:00 to 4:30

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Description:   Celebrate the history of Fort Massac from the early French period until 1814.  Military units, Colonists, Settlers, and Native Americans portray the history of the fort with crafts, military drills, music, children�s games, and a mock battle.  No admission fee.

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For more information:  Fort Massac Web site

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Event Type:  Cultural Resources; Outdoor Event; State Parks

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Address:  1308 E. 5th Street   Metropolis IL 62960

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Chris McGinness / chris.mcginness@illinois.gov

Phone/Fax:  618.524.4712 /

https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/calendar/pages/annualfortmassacencampment.aspx

 

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