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Fort de Chartres demonstrates the craft of making rope on Aug. 29-30


On the Illinois frontier, settlers had to make almost everything, even an essential item like rope.

Visitors at the Fort de Chartres State Historic Site on Aug. 29-30 will get to see how it was done and even try it themselves.

Staff will perform interactive demonstrations of period rope-making, weather permitting. Visitors are encouraged to participate and will be allowed to keep any rope they make.

The demonstration involves twisting sisal twine into cords that are then twisted into ropes. It’s a process that can take five to 10 minutes for each rope.

Visitors can also tour the site’s museum, reconstructed guard house and powder magazine – believed to be the oldest building in the state of Illinois.

Fort de Chartres was built by the French military in the 1750s. It served as the seat of government and chief military installation in Illinois when France controlled the territory. It was turned over to the British in 1763, who used it until 1772.

The site, operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, was declared a national historic landmark in 1960.

Fort de Chartres is located at 1350 IL Route 155, 4 miles west of Prairie du Rocher.

It is open Thursday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A donation of $4 for adults, $2 for children, or $10 per family is suggested.

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