100-Year Anniversary of Fort de Chartres as a State Park
Join us as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fort de Chartres as a state park by rededicating the bronze plague presented to the Fort on October 10, 1919 by the Illinois Chapter of Colonial Dames. In addition to the rededication ceremony, there will be 1920s era music and an antique automobile demonstration. A collection of vintage material, photos and documents from the first 100 years of the park's history will be on display and reenactors dressed in early 20th century clothing will be on the grounds.
Although there were efforts to purchase and restore the site of Fort de Chartres as early as 1911 the property wasn't purchased by the State of Illinois until the years of 1914 and 1915 in two separate transactions. Work was done in the following years to prepare the site to be opened but the best documentable date for the site being open as a State Park is Oct. 1919 when a bronze plaque was dedicated and placed on the powder magazine.
Fort de Chartres State Historic Site
1350 State Route 155
Red Bud, Illinois 62277 (Map)
(Fort de Chartres State Historic Site is 4 miles west of Prairie du Rocher.)