Annual Historical Event
Camp DuBois Rendezvous

Wood River, Illinois

May 4 - May 5, 2019


Location: Camp Dubois, IL-143 and IL-3, Wood River, IL

Date: May 4 - May 5, 2019

Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
     Sunday: 9 am - 2 pm


Time Period Music O Tomahawk Throw O Artisans/Traders O Black Powder Shoot
Lewis & Clark Reenactors O Authentic Foods O Children’s Activities

Rendezvous is an adaptation of the French word for a date or appointment. In the American fur trade era it was a place where traders and trappers met to exchange goods for furs. Today a rendezvous like the Camp DuBois Rendezvous is a gathering of people interested in reliving the history of the fur trade era (1680-1840). This encampment of living history is held every spring with reenactors portraying pre-1840 historical characters including French & Indian War soldiers, Colonial militia, fur trappers, and Native Americans. This event also includes historical crafts and skills demonstrations, along with children's activities. If you like living history, don't miss this event!

A variety of primitive shelters
can be seen on the grounds

Camp DuBois, a replica of the 1803-04 fort of Lewis and Clark will be open for tours. Tents, teepees, and campfires and costumed living history re-enactors will carry on their day-to-day lifestyle, as they would have 200 years ago. Talk with them and learn about starting fires with flint and steel, cooking over open camp fires, making clothes from animal hides, or how Lewis and Clark prepared for their journey.

Artisans will be providing goods and information about crafts such as blacksmithing, rope making, basket weaving, and making canoes. Many of these artisans will be demonstrating how their wares are made.

Local artisan Butch Lyerla
demonstrates rope making to young visitors

You'll see men, women and children cook on open fires, conduct trade, present period demonstrations and tell stories. Just watch, or step back into time with them.

Historical Demonstrations Black Powder Shoot
Wares For Sale Period Music

Camping fee provides campsites, water, firewood and a climatized comfort station with showers is available for those participants spending the night. Modern camping is available.

Free - donations encouraged
Camping Fee

For more information call 314-223-2621

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