Historical reenactments are known as rendezvous and very popular among big history fans. One of the largest and most popular annual rendezvous in the country takes place at the Fort de Chartres Historic Site which sees thousands of visitors and participants every year. The rendezvous reenacts the interaction of trappers and traders at the fort. Although this is the most popular part of the rendezvous, there are other historical events that are depicted during the festival. All of the events, however, are events that took place from 1740 to 1840.
During the festival there will be various demonstrations involving period music, military drills, and period firearms competitions. All of these events will take place throughout the two days of the festival. There is also a Native Crafts Area in which visitors can do hands-on learning about the crafts and ways of American Indian culture. And there is the Colonial Area which does the same for colonial crafts and lifestyles. The thousands of enactors who come every year set up camp on the grounds in all manner of primitive shelter such as tents and teepees.
There is always an environment of fun and happy socializing. You never know what you are going to find. You will find all kinds of historic settlers, merchants, and traders here. This may be the most realistic annual rendezvous in America. When you’re here, you’ve stepped back in time.