|Fort de Chartres was established by the France.|
|North entry to the Fort.|
I've been going to the annual Rendezvous at Ft. de Chartres for many years. This, their 42nd, had the best weather of any time I've attended. I go because I'm interested in historic foods, costumes and gardens. If you would like to read a previous post about the historic garden at the Fort, here's the link.
|Carol Kuntz, garden volunteer.|
|Peas, lettuce, French sorrel, onions, egg plant, grapes and lots of herbs.|
One of the surprising facts about the Fort is that there were more blacks and Indians living around the Fort than there were Europeans. The French didn't discriminate between races. There were both indentured servants and freed men and women living outside the Fort. European whites could freely marry free blacks or Indians, provided all the parties had been baptized by the Catholic church - otherwise, marriage was prohibited!
Descendants of French, Indian, black, British and other groups, still live just a few miles of the Fort in towns such as Prairie de Rocher, Red Bud and others. From their family records, cookbooks, correspondence and records from the Fort, provide the documentation for herbs and vegetables that were grown and used during the French occupation.
|Both culinary and medicinal herbs were grown.|
|Volunteers help with the garden and learn what was grown - like this asparagus.|
|British reenactors playing for military drill.|
|People put a lot of time and money into their costumes.|
|Washer woman demonstrating how laundry was done in the 1700s.|
|Perry Riley with some amazing gourd art.|
|Note the size of those gourds on the left of the photo!|
|I always look forward to the fried buffalo (fish) with potatoes and cole slaw.|