Although the War of 1812 may be remembered for the burning of the White House and the Battle of New Orleans, Indian skirmishes influenced by the war occurred in southern Illinois. One of the best known of these will be commemorated September 12-14 during a Living History Weekend.
Hill’s Fort was one of three fortresses built in Bond County for protection from Indian uprisings. On September 9, 1814, a group of Illinois Rangers were riding out to investigate a report of Indian activity when they were ambushed a hundred yards from the fort’s walls. Four rangers were killed in the brief battle and several were injured.
The Hill’s Fort Society is sponsoring the Living History Weekend at the fort replica site on the grounds of the American Farm Heritage Museum. Fifth graders will tour the fort on Friday, September 12. Activities on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14 begin at 9:30 a.m. with a flag raising ceremony and will include the U.S. Artillery 1812 cannon group, a blacksmith, rope-making, and period vendors. Three companies of Illinois Ranger re-enactors will be participating in events each day. A program on Hill’s Fort and the attack will be given at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.
In conjunction with Living History Days, the Heritage Railroad and Lil’Red Barn Museum will be open on Saturday, September 13. The American Farm Heritage Museum is located on Museum Avenue, south of Interstate 70 near the 45 mile marker exit.
For more information, contact Bill Johnson at 664-0958.