There are a lot of special events at Fort de Chartres, but the Rendezvous held in June has always been the most popular. For 47 years now thousands of visitors and hundreds of participants have made the Rendezvous one of the biggest and best historic reenactments in the Midwest. ‘Course if you ask one of the participants they’ll tell you it IS the Biggest and it IS the Best anywhere, some call it “The Grand Daddy of them all!” We’ll let you decide.
Visitors strolling through the fort will find artisan and craft demonstrations that include pottery, blacksmithing, metal-working in silver and pewter, felt-making, silk ribbon embroidery, weaving and woodworking. An expert teamster works a yoke of oxen, the gentle giants that made farming in 18th century Illinois possible. Many items will be for sale. Music pops up throughout the weekend with performances from fife-and-drum troops, string bands, folk duos, and more.
The River Gate Food Court will feature a variety of period food, drink and musical entertainment under a large tent.
The Rendezvous features 1700’s military units, traditional craft demonstrations, period music and dancing, black powder shooting events and cannon firings all from the time when France controlled what is now Illinois. Visitors can try their hand at throwing a tomahawk, buy hand-made crafts, learn about French kitchen gardens, watch swordsmen duel, taste delicious food, and much more.
Opening ceremonies occur both days at 10 AM followed by event activities, ending with a retreat ceremony at 5 PM. A dance for all participants and visitors will be held Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. inside the Fort.
The Fort de Chartres 47th Annual June Rendezvous is made possible through the dedication of the Fort’s many volunteers and support organizations. This annual event is presented by Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres and sponsored by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres, with additional event site support by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. While you’re at the Rendezvous make sure you stop by and talk to the folks from Les Amis and Les Coureurs des Bois and check out the Rendezvous T-Shirts they have for sale. You can show off to your friends that don’t have one and help to Fund the Rendezvous! All proceeds from the T-Shirt sales stay right here at Fort de Chartres to help finance the special events! And If you would like an opportunity to donate directly to support the 47th Annual June Rendezvous, a donation link is listed below.
Please donate now to help us present this annual landmark event, we could really use your support! All funds raised through the following donation link are used to present the 47th Annual June Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres ONLY-thank you for support of this historic event. DONATE HERE!
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