|Every year the park hosts the largest French colonial rendezvous in the country. Living
History aficionados gather here on the first weekends of May, June, and October, offering
the public an opportunity to see military drills, and participate in games of pioneer
skills. The on-site store, Nouvelle Chartres, sells replicas of 18th-century
artifacts and books of reference year round.
For more information, link to Fort de Chartres. To read about Fort de Chartres and other sites of interest in
French Illinois, see:
French Colonial Archaeology: The Illinois Country and
the Western Great Lakes, edited by John A. Walthall (University
of Illinois Press, Urbana, 1991).
Excavations at the Laurens Site: Probable Location of Fort de Chartres I, by Edward B.
Jelks, Carl J. Ekberg, and Terrance J. Martin. Studies in Illinois Archaeology 5
(Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Springfield, 1989).
Eighteenth-Century Ceramics from Fort de Chartres III,
by Vergil E. Noble, Jr., Illinois Archaeology 9(1997, 1-2):36-78.
Kaskaskia Under the French Regime, by Natalia M.
Belting, Illinois Studies in the Social Sciences 29(3).
Archaeology at French Colonial Cahokia, by Bonnie L.
Gums. Studies in Illinois Archaeology 3, (Illinois Historic Preservation
Agency, Springfield, 1988).