By Blair Thomas
June 9, July 14 and August 11, 2012, Metropolis, Illinois
The park has a military history that dates back to the French and Indian War, so it’s only fitting that each year Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis honors the Massac Marines with a re-enactment of the history and traditions from the 18th century.
During these Living History Weekends, historians will present displays, interpretive programs and games that the French, American and Native Americans might have played during the French and Indian War period.
Dedicated as the first Illinois state park in 1908, Fort Massac overlooks the Ohio River and includes an 1802 reconstructed fort, statue of George Rogers Clark, a museum and visitor center. Sheltered picnic areas, hiking trails and a boat ramp are also around the park.
The 2012 re-enactments will be June 9, July 14 and August 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.