Frenchmen’s Frolic at Macktown Living History


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Free to the general public.

Oct. 16-17, 2021

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Fall into Macktown’s French trapper/pioneer past with the return of Frenchmen’s Frolic at the Macktown Historic site along the confluence of the Rock and Pecatonica rivers. 


9:00 a.m. - Open to the public

9:00 - Opening ceremony: colonial militia at flagpoles

9:30 to 3:30 - Silent auction at marquee tent 

10:00 - Seminar: The Black Plague with Dr. Hubbard at education center - all welcome

 11:00 - Range opens 

1:00 - Post shoot with Ray Swenson at the quarry 

3:00 - Learn to play the dulcimer at Nancy Garrett's camp on the State Road 

4:00 - Closed to public 

All day:Blacksmith class and demos with Chris Hubbard at blacksmith shop

Shoe making at Norm Walzer's camp on the State Road


9:00 a.m. - Open to the public

 10:00 - Seminar: The French inhabitants at Macktown with Dr. Rochelle Lurie at education center 

12:00 - Tomahawk throw, with Mike Bost at hawk block near Trading Post 

1:00 - Ladies Skillet Toss with Mike Bost, Old State Road 

Mens Skillet Toss immediately following (Note: men must wear bonnet and apron)

3:00 - Closing ceremony: colonial militia at flagpoles

Schedule is subject to change

Why should you be excited?

• Pre-1850s dress and encampments

• Black powder shooting match, games and contests & more!

• Seminars and workshops & traders and trade blankets

• Revolutionary War re-enactors join with French revelers for the weekend.

• Admission to the general public is FREE!

Macktown Living History
2221 Freeport Rd
Rockton, IL 61072
United States

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