Fort D Historic Site takes you back in time to actually re-live and explore history, so here's a bit of a history lesson for you kids to get you started!
Back in the summer of 1861, there were four forts built around Cape Girardeau, on the orders of General Fremont, by soldiers of the 20th Illinois infantry, local militia and engineers of the West.
Of these four forts, only one remains today, and that's Fort D where YOU can visit in person on your next family day out!
Now a city historic site, Fort D Historic Site is great to explore, with self-guided tours, as well as guided tours, as well as experience it as a Civil War living history. Throughout the grounds are also interpretive signs that can tell you even more about this rich history.
It's one thing to read a history book, but it's another to actually learn about history, RIGHT in the very place it happened! Kids can use their imaginations as they uncover the fascinating story, and feel the past unfold around them.
Free entry but donations welcome
Same as adult
If you are doing a picnic lunch you may use the fort grounds provided another group is not having a tour.
All activities are outdoors and there is little covered shelter at the fort, so you should go prepared for moderate weather, i.e. bring a raincoat.
They have limited souvenirs including shirts, pencils, dummy rifles and more
Try and make your plans as far in advance as possible, so they can set up history demonstrations for your group! Their activity tours are strictly limited to one class of a maximum of thirty students (fewer is better). Their suggestion is that school groups schedule Fort D tours in conjunction with the Red House Interpretive Center, located only 5 minutes away, and have half of the group at each place
Give them a call to ask about the accessibility as they are partially wheelchair accessible
They have some great events across the year, including celebrations and living history events, so keep an eye on the website! Living History demonstrations are held Memorial weekend, July 4th and Labor Day.