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MCCD to host 25th Trail of History

Published: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 11:15 p.m. CDT

RINGWOOD – The McHenry County Conservation District’s 25th Trail of History will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20 at Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road.

The Trail of History is a unique autumn festival for the whole family. Attendees can witness what life was like in the Northwest Territory from 1670 to 1850. Each step along the 1-mile trail to the encampment takes visitors back in time. This entertaining and educational re-enactment features more than 100 interpreters from across the country who demonstrate the crafts and trades from early settler days.

Visitors can experience a frontier school, log cabin living and Métis Village. They can witness a voyageur landing, military tactics and Dr. Balthazar’s traveling medicine show. Visitors can dress up in pioneer clothes, make cornhusk dolls and try their hand at dipping candles or working the two-man saw. 

A variety of musicians, dancers, jugglers and more will entertain. “Trade tents” will have historic items and souvenirs for sale. Food vendors will sell authentic culinary treats. 

Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 6 to 12 and senior citizens ages 60 and older. Children ages 5 and under are free.

Entrance gates close at 3 p.m. to allow visitors time to make the 1-mile walk to the encampment site. A limited special needs parking area is available. No pets are allowed.

For information, call at 815-338-6223 or visit

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