Native American harvest festival Oct. 4

Celebrate Native American harvest time at the Macktown Historic Site, 2221 Freeport Rd., Rockton, with music, food and re-enactors in authentic Native American dress. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, re-enactors will portray Midwestern Native American culture and demonstrate tools, crafts, cooking and games. At 5 p.m. Native American flutist, Christine Ibach, will play traditional songs on her northern plains flute. Reservations are being taken for a Native American feast to be served at 5 p.m., featuring traditional foods such as buffalo stew, rice and pumpkin and cranberry breads. Reservations are $10, and can be made by calling 629-2207. Proceeds from the feast will go toward the construction of a new visitor’s center at the Macktown Historic site. Macktown, the site of the oldest settlement in Winnebago County, is at the confluence of the Rock and Pecatonica rivers in Macktown Forest Preserve. Stephen Mack, fur trader and businessman, came to the rich Illinois Territory in 1833 and discovered an ideal site for settlement at the confluence of the Rock and Pecatonica rivers. The Native Americans had realized the value of the site, and archaeological studies indicate that it had been used as a camp site as far back as 6,000 years ago. This area had been home to many generations of the Winnebago, Pottawatomie, Chippewa and Sauk tribes. Stephen Mack befriended the local Pottawatomies and made this unique spot his home. Historic education programs, tours, and events are provided by the Macktown Living History Education Center. The District is currently working in partnership with this non-profit organization to implement a historic restoration of the Macktown site.

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