Winter Rendezvous is Nov. 2-3

Visitors are invited to Fort de Chartres State Historic Site for the annual Fort de Chartres Winter Rendezvous and Woodswalk on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 and 3. The free event features 18th and early 19th century camp life and activities. 

Volunteer reenactors portraying soldiers, trappers, traders and Native Americans will gather at the rendezvous. They’ll trade goods, buy supplies and some will take part in a muzzleloader woodswalk, a shooting contest that requires them to walk through the woods and fire flintlocks at pop-up targets. 

The rendezvous is fun both for the participants demonstrating frontier life from the era of 1700 to 1820 and for visitors spending an autumn day wandering among the tents, campfires and the historic French colonial fort at Fort de Chartres.

The Winter Rendezvous is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

For more on this year’s Winter Rendezvous, please see this week’s print edition.