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The Gathering at Macktown

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Take a step back in time to experience American frontier life through the 1840s. Meet traders and trappers, French voyageurs and Native Americans. Enjoy food and mercantile vendors, demonstration and black powder shooting. Tour original buildings on a national historic site and meet Stephen Mack as he shares his home with you.

The event is held rain or shine. Free parking. 


Macktown Living History Education Center / Macktown Forest Preserve - 2221 Freeport Rd., Rockton, IL 61072 - From I-90, exit at IL-173/West Lane Rd. Go west on IL-173, which becomes Ralston Rd. Continue to IL-2/N. Main St. Turn right onto N. Main St. 4.3 miles. Turn left onto N. Main Rd. Stay straight to go onto N. Main St./Wagon Wheel Rd. Turn left onto Freeport Rd. /IL-75.

The Gathering at Macktown
  • April 28-29, 2018
  • Macktown Living History Center
  • $7 adults | $5 Students | Free for children age 5 and younger
  • Recurring daily