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Fort Massac Encampment returns October 16th and 17th

Fort Massac Encampment
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Fort Massac Encampment

History comes alive at Fort Massac State Park this weekend showing what life was like hundreds of years ago.

After taking a year off because of the pandemic, the Fort Massac Encampment will take people back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

The 47th annual event features a food court with period style food, vendors with period made merchandise, demonstrations and a mock military battle.

IDNR Event Coordinator Tom Munroe says with so much going on space can get tight, but participates are very welcoming to the public.

“There’s no green space left, the military and the people want to come around and all the military groups are very good to explain and teach them about you know, this is a marquee this is a teepee, this as a wedge, this this is our living quarters, this is where we live and they let the public come in and look at it.”

The event normally draws around two hundred thousand visitors over the weekend.

For safety the all, visitors should follow current COVID-19 guidelines.

For a schedule of events and more information click here.

Benjy Jeffords is a digital media production specialist at WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org
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