Fort de Chartres - Official Site Fort de, chartres, The Heart of the Illinois Country website, is funded and maintained by Les Amis du Fort de, chartres. Les Amis is an officially endorsed partner of the Illinois Bicentennial Commission. Currently the Fort de, chartres, state Historic Site annual special events are being sponsored by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres. Fort de Chartres was a French fortification first built in 1720 on the east bank of the Mississippi River in present-day Illinois. Fort de Chartres - Wikipedia Fort de Chartres - Prairie du Rocher, Illinois - History Fort de Chartres - Prairie du Rocher, Illinois It was used as an administrative center for the province. Due generally to river floods, the fort was rebuilt twice, the last time in limestone in the 1750s in the era. Chartres was in Gaul one of the principal towns of the Carnutes, a Celtic tribe. In the Gallo-Roman period, it was called Autricum, name derived from the river Autura (Eure and afterwards civitas Carnutum, city of the Carnutes, from which Chartres got its name. The city was burned by the Normans in 858. Contents History edit French rule edit On January 1, 1718, the French government granted a trade monopoly to John Law and his Company of the West. Show your support of this educational project by ordering your copy. The original fort was a palisade of logs with two bastions at opposite corners. Illinois state park and is four miles (6 km) west. The Trade Faire, which features costumed historic interpreters, s hooting matches, and period games. 6 Ruin edit The Mississippi continued to take its toll after the fort was abandoned. The fort's stone magazine, which survived the gradual ruin that overtook the rest of the site, is considered the oldest building in the state of Illinois. The only part of the original fort that remained was the stone building that had served as the powder magazine. Fort de Chartres State Historic Site 1350 rencontrer bbw châtellerault State Route 155, prairie du Rocher, IL 62277 (618) or (618) 859-3741, the site is operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Illinois Historic Preservation suggested site donation: 4 for adults, 2 for children, 10 for families. Fort de Chartres welcomes you to the heart of French Colonial Illinois! The fort gate, built in the 1920s, has been remodeled several times. Order here-French Colonial Fort de Chartres, a Journey in Time 2018 Special Ev ents Schedule is available on the Events page of this website! April Trade Faire, saturday and Sunday, April 6 7, 2019. The powder magazine is stocked with reproduction barrels and barrel racks. This trip was for our honeymoon and we don't regret it at all! Other buildings' foundations and cellars were exposed for educational display as well. Closed: Site facilities are closed on New Years Day, Lincolns Birthday, Thanksgiving, Day After Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. I would love to visit the Cathedral, I am also a photographer so hopefully would capture the beautiful architecture. The fort's powder magazine, here restored, is thought to be the oldest standing building in Illinois. The French debated where to rebuild the fort.