Fort de Chartres

Fort de Chartres in Prairie du Rocher is one of the oldest forts in the country.

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Les Amis du Fort de Chartres is hosting a fundraising event, Friends of the Fort Summer Ball, on Saturday, July 22.

Eighteenth century music and dance calling will be provided by the Booneslick Strings. Period dress is encouraged, but is not required. The ball is from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Prairie du Rocher American Legion, located at 509 Henry St. in Prairie du Rocher.

Food is allowed to be brought in, but alcohol must be purchased at the bar. There is a suggested donation of $20 per person; all funds raised will go directly to the not-for-profit support organization, Les Amis du Fort de Chartres, which supports improvement projects at Fort de Chartres State Historical Site.

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. The British then took it over and used it until 1772. The site was declared a national historic landmark in 1960. The fort’s powder magazine is the oldest building in Illinois.

Fort de Chartres is located at 1350 Illinois 155, four miles west of Prairie du Rocher. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

For more information about Les Amis du Fort de Chartres contact lesamisdufortdechartres@gmail.com, or visit fortdechartres.us or facebook.com/Les-Amis-du-Fort-de-Chartres-359005074289529/.

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