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Live like early settlers at Fort de Chartres state historic site

PRAIRIE DU ROCHER, IL (KFVS) -

If you have some spare time this weekend, you might consider a trip to Fort de Chartres State Historic Site.

On August 29 and 30 the staff will perform interactive demonstrations of period rope making.

On the Illinois frontier, settlers had to made almost everything, including essential items like rope.

Visitors this weekend will be encourage to try their hand at making rope. The demonstration involves twisting sisal twine into cords that are then twisted into ropes. It's a process that can take five to ten minutes for each rope.

Visitors are also welcome to 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 first 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 for nine years.

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

You can find Fort de Chartres at 1350 IL Route 155, four miles west of Prairie du Rocher.

It's open Thursday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  A donation of $4 for adults and $2 for children, or $10 per family is suggested.  

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