Fort Massac State Park

Metropolis, Illinois

The rich story of this site begins before recorded history, when Native Americans took advantage of this strategic location overlooking the Ohio River. The French built Fort de L'Ascension on the site in 1757 during the French and Indian War. Rebuilt in 1759-60, the structure was renamed Massiac in honor of the then French Minister of Colonial Affairs. The fort came under fire only once, when it was unsuccessfully attacked by a group of Cherokee. Today, Fort Massac is a captivating reminder of days gone by and a perfect place to relax in soothing natural surroundings and explore life as it was when our country was young. The historic site is a replica of the 1802 American fort, containing 2 barracks, 3 blockhouses, officer quarters and stockade. The site has also the archaeological outline of the 1757 French Fort. Enjoy the museum, visitors center and reenactments of 1700s pioneer life during the annual Fort Massac Encampment.

1308 East 5th Street
Metropolis, Illinois 62960
(618) 524-4712

Hours of Operation

Historic site and visitors center open 8:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 10:00a.m. to 5:30p.m. on Wednesday through Sunday. Winter hours are 8:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. daily.

Fort Massac State Park
Visitor Experiences

Fort on Site
Handicap Accessibility
Hiking/Biking Trail
Living History Presentation
Open Year Round
Park/Recreation Area
Picnic Area
Visitors Center