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      Fort Ouiatenon, West Lafayette: Hours, Address, Fort Ouiatenon Reviews: 4.5/5

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      #6 of 10 things to do in West Lafayette

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      South River Road, West Lafayette, IN

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      Old world

      great reenactment ,all who dress up look great the food is very good the fort and the sights there…

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      History revisited

      Attended the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon held the first weekend in October annually for the last 51…

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      Reviewed October 10, 2018

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        All reviews hunters moon wabash river fife and drum corps nice quiet place interesting things to see fur traders living history love history small museum reenactment costumes picnic park vendors

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        Arlenelovesit
        Chicago Heights, Illinois
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        Reviewed 4 weeks ago

        Old world

        great reenactment ,all who dress up look great the food is very good the fort and the sights there are in good condition and worth a nice picnic and day spent outside.

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        Chocoholic2660
        Bristol, Indiana
        7030

        Reviewed October 10, 2018

        History revisited

        Attended the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon held the first weekend in October annually for the last 51 years. This was our first visit and won’t be the last, despite the muddy conditions caused by lots of rain. Great way to introduce the early settling…More

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        Travelingfamilyslen
        Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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        Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

        $35 45 min mud walk

        Our family of 4 visited the feast for the first time. We arrived around 1:15/1:30. We paid $35. There was mud everywhere. By 2:00 the booths started closing down even though the feast had advertised it would be open till 4. Most everything cost extra…More

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        axlrose1969
        Atlanta, Georgia
        12122

        Reviewed July 22, 2018

        nice quiet place to visit and reflect

        some interesting things to see here. the underground river has a pump so you can taste it’s water. herb garden. a replicate little fort. a fire pit built where a pre-historic fire pit was.
        the river runs next to it.
        great place to reflect on…More

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        roberttK5588KI
        West Lafayette, Indiana
        997

        Reviewed July 9, 2018

        Had a great time.

        Went to the Feast of the Hunters Moon. Sampled a lot of the food from the vendors. Enjoyed all the costumes and had a great afternoon.

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        Levannah
        Hendersonville, North Carolina
        704178

        Reviewed November 29, 2017

        Historic fort and nice park along the Wabash River

        If you love history, you’ll want to visit Fort Quiatenon even if your visit is brief. This historic fort is quiet for most of the year and really comes to life each autumn during the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon. There is a small museum…More

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        DillonM1905
        Eldersburg, Maryland
        19238

        Reviewed June 4, 2017

        Basic Fort and Park

        A nice little stop along the river. Fort is good for a short visit and a review of the one floor of exhibits and living history guides. Park has a boat ramp and grounds to walk around. bring sun screen on sunny days or stick…More

        Thank DillonM1905

        James A
        Lafayette, United States
        5

        Reviewed May 24, 2017

        The Fort Ouiatenon is a must see…from fur traders to the Fife and Drum corps. and blacksmiths !

        The Fort Ouiatenon area has the event Feast of the Hunter’s moon annually in late September – early October. The food is great and the culture is of the early settlers that traded with the Indians of that area.
        Buffalo burgers are my favorite !…More

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        parrottdize
        Dyer, Indiana
        276127

        Reviewed October 4, 2016

        Feast of the Hunters Moon

        For one weekend each fall the "Feast of the Hunters Moon" is held at this park. It is a great fun filled feast…..lots of entertainment…..a good selection of food booths…….and many unique items for sale. Many people wear period clothing and practice crafts from the…More

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        Bluejay_13
        North Judson
        3414

        Reviewed July 27, 2016

        Quiet Park

        Unless you go the weekend of the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon, there’s not much at this park. It is a quiet place to have a picnic and view the Wabash. We stopped by this weekend while the blockhouse was open…while there are a few…More

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        Fort Ouiatenon

        Historians and hobbyists head to this former French outpost for the annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon. 

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        Every fall, historians and hobbyists descend upon this old fort to celebrate a festival called the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon. They don 18th-century clothing and indulge in feasts of rabbit stew and venison sausage. Participants spend the weekend reenacting battles, practicing trades, and dancing and marching to period music. The quirky festivities honor the annual fall gathering between the French settlers and members of the Wea Tribe that once took place at the fort.

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        The autumn event re-creates meals shared by French settlers and Native Americans at an 18th-century fort.

        Before the United States was established, the French settled significant portions of North America. They set up forts throughout the land to mark their claimed territory and commence commerce with the Native Americans. One of these outposts was Fort Ouiatenon along the Wabash River located in what’s now West Lafayette , Indiana .

        Built in 1717 by the French as an effort to slow the expansion of the British, Fort Ouiatenon was the first fortified European post established in the Indiana territory. At that time, Indiana was lush woodland with fresh rivers and lakes. Unlike the British, the French were able to befriend the area’s Native American residents as allies, which helped them delay the encroaching English.

        The post was used as a place for trade and communication until the French surrendered the fort in 1761 during what’s now recorded as the French and Indian War. After 1763, native tribes continued to occupy the fort until American soldiers destroyed it in 1791.

        Today, the site is open daily for hikers and history enthusiasts. On the site is a reconstructed fort called the Blockhouse that’s used as a museum during summer months. There is also a reconstructed Native American village, a stone outdoor oven, and trails that meander throughout the old, historic grounds.

        Parts of the original French fort were built up to a mile west of the actual park location. Sadly, those areas fell victim to development long ago. Be that as it may, this historical slice of Indiana is still a fascinating, and somewhat remote, spot to visit.

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