METROPOLIS, IL – Fort Massac State Park features a downsized replica of a historic wooden fort located along the Ohio River off of 5th Street in Metropolis, IL.
Fort Massac was built by the French in 1757 during the French and Indian War. In 1908 the fort and the surrounding property was dedicated as the first State Park in Illinois.
THINGS YOU CAN DO (All Free)
Museum (visitors center)
Boating on Ohio River with boat ramp
Swimming with beach
Camping in the woods
THE 44th ANNUAL FORT MASSAC ENCAMPMENT – OCTOBER 21-22, 2017
The Annual Fort Massac Encampment is a free two-day event with history enthusiasts reenacting life in the 1700 to early 1800’s. Read more at metropolistourism.com/fort-massac-encampment/
FOUR FLAGS OVER FORT MASSAC (plate in park)
1500’s Spanish Ownership
1702: French Trading Post and Mission
1757: French fortification to block British expansion into Mississippi River, named Fort Massac
1764: French abandoned fort To British
1778: George Rogers Clark stopped here on his way to Kaskaskia
1794: George Washington ordered fort rebuilt and garrisoned
1908: Site designated first Illinois State Park
1990: This timeline plate was placed by the National Society Daughters Of The American Revolution, an Illinois State Organization dedicated to the preservation of Fort Massac and its history.