Hills Fort Looks Ahead To Bicentennial In September

Hills Fort re-enactors participated in Heritage Days at the American Farm Heritage Museum this past weekend.

Hills Fort was one of three forts built in Bond County in the early 1800’s. It was located south of Greenville and was the site of an 1814 Indian attack that resulted in the death of 13 Rangers and civilians.

The Hills Fort Society has constructed a replica of the fort on the grounds of the American Farm Heritage Museum, south of Greenville, and are making plans for a bicentennial anniversary later this year.

This September 12, 13, and 14 Hills Fort will celebrate the bicentennial of an attack that happened at the actual Hills Fort site,” Bill Johnson, a Hills Fort re-enactor and member of the Hills Fort Society told WGEL. “We’d like to invite anyone to stop by Hills Fort. We have our stockade wall complete now. We’ve got actual shake shingles on our cabin. We’ve got another cabin under construction. We have a tool shed/shooting port. We’ve got probably as nice a block house as there is in this part of the country, so we invite you to stop by.”

Bill Johnson fires a Hills Fort-era weapon during Heritage Days Saturday at the American Farm Heritage Museum.
Bill Johnson fires a Hills Fort-era weapon during Heritage Days Saturday at the American Farm Heritage Museum.

Prior to the bicentennial event, the Hills Fort Society welcomes visitors to the replica on the first Saturday of each month at the American Farm Heritage Museum.

For more information on Hills Fort, visit www.fortsofillinois.org.