Fort de Chartres, a Unique Place to Visit
Fort de Chartres is a historical fort used during The French and Indian War. The fort was first built in 1720 on the East bank of the Mississippi River in Illinois. It started out being made from stone. It was made of limestone shortly before the end of the French Rule. This fort was owned by the French, and had a tower for cannons, and a lookout tower. Also, the fort contains a water well lined with bricks. The Powder Magazine in the corner of the fort is the oldest building in the fort. It is arched, and is the only building that is completely original in the whole fort. The building is about 250 years old. There are about 31 weapons from the war in the museum under Arms and Accoutrements. The museum, during the war, was used as the king's storage house. The guard's room had bars for protection, and the walls were two feet thick. The guard's house also had musket racks, and communal beds that could hold up to seven guards. When a guard was bored, they would usually eat, drink (alcohol), play cards or dice, or play musical instruments to keep themselves or others entertained. The church in the fort was a Catholic church. Although the church wasn't very large, it had a large chandelier that held 39 candles. It was a church that you had to stand in, because it didn't have any pews to sit on. If it did, not many people would be able to fit in the church. Fort de Chartres is a very interesting place if you visit it. Especially during the re-enactment of the war.