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Macktown Living History Education Center


Built in 1834 on the Pecatonica River by fur trader Stephen Mack, one of the area's first settlers. See the walnut cradle Mack made for his children, plus Native American artifacts, donated by Mack's descendants. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Macktown is where Stephen Mack, his Native American wife, Hononegah, and the people who inhabited the village conducted their daily business. Remnants of 8,000 years of Native American occupation of this same site can be seen.

Stephen Mack’s Home and the Whitman Trading Post still stand, and a reconstruction of the village is being undertaken, including the disassembly of the 2-story shop and schoolroom to be rebuilt at its original site. There are many historic and prehistoric artifacts in the Education Center.

Check the Calendar of Events for dates of The Gathering, an annual re-enactment weekend in April that draws as many as 5,000 visitors. Call for hours and admission fees.. Visit Forest Preserves of Winnebago County for more information on Macktown Forest Preserve.

  • Directions: From I-90 and Rockton Rd.: Go west on Rockton Rd. into Rockton; turn left (south) in IL 75 toward Freeport. Macktown Forest Preserve is on southwestern edge of Rockton at old IL 2.
  • Hours: Limited hours. Call for information.
Attraction Amenities
  • Parking - Free: