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Great French fort

Laurie and I have visited over 70 historic forts and this is one you should not miss if you're... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2018
Bruce W
via mobile
What A Out of the Way Gem!

Came here during a day trip from Pacific, MO and loved the place. Very historical and filled with... read more

Reviewed 17 September 2018
David E
Pacific, Missouri
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1350 State Route 155, Prairie du Rocher, IL 62277-2006
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Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Laurie and I have visited over 70 historic forts and this is one you should not miss if you're anywhere near Chester Illinois. We had the place all to ourselves but we are early birds. We give it a 10.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bruce W
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Came here during a day trip from Pacific, MO and loved the place. Very historical and filled with information of interest to any historian. Was not aware of the importance of this fort going back to French days in the 1700's... Well preserved and one...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank David E
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Stumbled onto this IL gem on a simple drive down s. IL. What a great surprise. Loved the pristine surroundings and historical significance. Great place

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 2 July 2018

We walked the grounds looking and listening for birds--even had a Northern Bobwhite. The museum was very interesting. Displays included artifacts from digs at the site. The military occupation history was very well done. Missing, though, was a good discussion of the French settlers'--when and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Edge W
Reviewed 19 June 2018

the 2018 rendezvous was a hit once again. Great food, drink and entertainment. Love this place!! Best homemade root beer anywhere. Love the sound of the black powder muskets off in the distance and the sights of the people in dress walking about. Very very...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank icemakerking
Reviewed 5 June 2018

Came here during the June Rendezvous over the weekend. Pretty cool place to check out. You can go in the buildings and up into the turrets which was cool. Pretty interesting for history buffs. Expect to spend maybe an hour or 2 here at most.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank bfeur66
Reviewed 23 August 2017

We enjoyed learning the history of the fort and the area. The air-conditioned museum was a nice surprise!

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank piekalo
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This site was such a well maintained part of early French history. Located near the Mississippi River. The museum reflects early history of this area very well and the artefact are excellent, a must see.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Gilbert A
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Reconstructed fort on original site dating back to the early french exploration of North America. Set in a park and seemes to be open everyday dawn til dusk. There is a museum and several outbuildings open Thursday - Sunday 9-4. Bathrooms available in the museum.

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank MTravi
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Fort de Chartres is a reconstructed french fort on the site of the original. This is the only remaining completed french fort that remains from the earliest french explorers and army. The fort is in a park and is free to enter although a $4...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank MTravi
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