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Press Release

Release Date: March 28, 2022
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

The annual Fur Trade Era Rendezvous at Fort Washita is slated to begin March 30 and continue through April 3. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Fort Washita is located thirteen miles east of Madill or sixteen miles west of Durant on State Highway 199.

History reenactors will recreate events reminiscent of a fur trade rendezvous that was the center of commerce on the early western frontier. The 2022 rendezvous will take participants on a journey through Chickasaw history with trappers, traders, mountain men, demonstrators, stickball, stomp dance and storytellers. Visitors can anticipate additional educational and cultural demonstrations.

Visitors can tour restored structures and witness Civil War reenactments throughout the year, along with the annual Fur Trade Era Rendezvous in order to experience what life was like before and during the Civil War. Fort Washita was established in 1842 in Indian Territory as the southwestern-most military post of the United States at the time.

Fort Washita is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Historic Landmark.

For more information, call (580) 924-6502.