Annual Heritage Days
on the Goshen Trail
Godfrey, Illinois



Period History O Historical Demonstrations O Primitive Encampments O Artisans/Traders
O Children’s Activities O Live Entertainment O Raffles

The Goshen Road was part of the route that led from the Cumberland Gap in the Appalachian Mountains on the Tennessee/Virginia border to St. Louis. The Goshen Road crossed the Kaskaskia River near present day Carlyle and went southeast to McLeansboro and Shawneetown. Towns to the west of the trail were Edwardsville and Alton. In 1818, when a census was taken to see if the population of Illinois was large enough to warrant statehood, there was a belt of settlements from the Ohio River at Shawneetown to the Mississippi River at Alton. The road was widely used because it brought settlers to the Mississippi River, just north of St. Louis, where it was an easy trip downstream to the Gateway to the West. The goal of Heritage Days is to educate the public in the customs, manners, clothing, food and early tools used by the fur traders, Native Americans, explorers, and early settlers in the years from 1700 to 1840.

Live Entertainment
Children's Activities
Old Fashioned Trading


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Traditional Artisans
A diverse group of artisans and craftsmen don traditional clothing and demonstrate the skills necessary to survive and prosper on the frontier. Demonstrations include hide tanning, blacksmithing, weaving and dyeing and more!

Historical Demonstrations
There are numerous events, activities, and demonstrations taking place throughout the festival grounds, including cannon and mortar demonstrations, music and dancing, and marching fife and drum corps. The Primitive Area contains many traders and sutlers and of course there is plenty of great food!

No Pets Allowed with the exception of Service Dogs

For more information on this event call 618-530-7632

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