Fort Massac Encampment

Due to the ongoing pandemic, The 2020 Fort Massac Encampment has been cancelled. Make Plans to Attend The 2021 Fort...

Due to the ongoing pandemic,

The 2020 Fort Massac Encampment has been cancelled.

Make Plans to Attend The 2021 Fort Massac Encampment

October 16th & 17th, 2021

See what life was like back in the 1700s and early 1800s at Fort Massac State Park’s Annual Fort Massac Encampment, which will be held at the historic site Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17 and 18, 2020.

The 2020 Encampment will feature the thunderous boom of cannons and a tempting assortment of foods and activities from which to choose.  It is more than an old-timey crafts fair, as it pays tribute to Illinois’ rich frontier history.  Historical re-enactors and skilled craftspeople representing French, British and Americans gather at the Encampment to demonstrate the skills and lifestyles of early residents in this area.

Visitors to the two-day event view military camps and buck skinner lodges, craft stalls and trade blankets, and booths with period food and drinks.  Battle re-enactments will again be held in the valley area, which Fort Massac Site Superintendent Chris McGinness says gives spectators the best view of the battle.  The crowds will be able to watch the authentically-garbed troops face off in the Battle of Drouillard Creek.


The 2018 Fort Massac Encampment was proud to be an official Illinois Bicentennial Event


Education Day Information

History will come to life for school kids from across the region on Friday, October 16th.  The Encampment vendors and re-enactors will have special programs and activities set up for all visiting schools. If you would like information about bringing a school or class fill out the form below and a representative from Fort Massac State Park will be in touch with you.  You may also call Fort Massac at 618-524-4712.

Vendor Information 

The Fort Massac Encampment prides itself on the authenticity of this event.  All vendors – goods and food- must be in late 1700’s to early 1800 attire.  All goods or food must be proven to have existed during that time period as well.

As the event has grown we continue to receive requests from those that want to become vendors.  Please complete the informational form below.  Your submitted information will be reviewed by an IDNR representative.  You will then be contacted by an IDNR representative if selected to become a vendor.

If you would like to be added to the Vendor Wait list please complete the information fields below.

Your submission will be reviewed and you will be contacted should you be selected.