CREVE COEUR — This weekend Fort Crevecoeur will be offering visitors a chance to travel back in time to 1680.
The fort will host the 39th Fort Crevecoeur Rendezvous and Gathering from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The event will include a time-period appropriate flea market, concerts and interactive demonstrations. Younger guests can take part in craft making and the shooting of a candy cannon.
“We want to bring a focus to Fort Crevecoeur for people that live in the area,” Fort Crevecoeur board member Karen Ganda said. “Since this is where Creve Coeur really got its start, we want to tie people to it.”
Ganda said the flea market will include everything from a time-period appropriate bake sale to homemade furniture and jewelry.
“We are pretty selective about who we bring in, so we have a good variety of quality products,” she said.
Guests also can look forward to numerous demonstrations from the 1600s, such as tomahawk and knife throwing, hide tanning, flint knapping, black powder shooting, and rope making.
Those visitors 18 years of age and older will have the opportunity to try their hand at black powder shooting from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on both days.
Originally built by French explorer Robert de La Salle in 1680, Fort Crevecoeur has since been destroyed, but the park now boasts a replica of the fort along with campgrounds, hiking trails and picnic pavilions. Ganda said that a person is bound to become hooked once they spend a day at the park.
“The people that you meet here are just so passionate about this park,” she said. “You come over here and you get to see a piece of history. I hadn’t studied this stuff much, but something about the park just drew me in.”
Admission to the Rendezvous will be $1 for all guests 12 years old and older, with all proceeds going toward maintenance and improvements to the park.