Celebrating a Lewis and Clark anniversary

Michael A. Stout
(618) 251-5811

On Dec. 10-11, historic site marks anniversary of Lewis & Clark setting up Illinois winter camp

HARTFORD, Ill. – Relive the moment in 1803 when the Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived at its Illinois winter camp with a display of artifacts, tools and weapons on Dec. 10-11.

The Lewis and Clark State Historic Site in Hartford, Ill., will celebrate the 213th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Activities for the “Arrival at Camp River Dubois” take place at the Interpretive Center and the replica of the expedition’s camp. 

The free event includes exhibitions of medical equipment used by Captain Lewis, tools of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, artifacts from the frontier era and a collection of rocks, minerals and fossils of Illinois.

In addition, the 2nd Regiment U.S. Artillery will present its cannon (though not firing it) and firearms and accoutrements carried by soldiers on the expedition will be displayed. 

The Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, marks the spot where the Corps of Discovery wintered before launching the historic expedition to the Pacific Ocean. They arrived Dec. 13, 1803.  

It is Site Number One on the National Lewis and Clark Heritage Trail and features an Interpretive Center about the Illinois role in the Expedition, as well as an accurate reconstruction of the camp from where the Expedition began.  

It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for free public tours, and is located along Illinois Route 3 a few miles north of I-270 in Hartford, Illinois.  

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