Photo: Discovering the frontier

Michael and Jonathan Harrison try their hand at archery, taught by Jeremy Oster of The Rock River Times at The 2014 Gathering at Macktown. The event saw 760 visitors on Student Day, Friday, April 25, 400 Saturday, April 26, and 200 Sunday, April 27. The Gathering brings to life the days of the early Illinois frontier. This historical re-enactment, held at Macktown Forest Preserve in Rockton, Ill., recreates the settlement founded by Stephen Mack in 1829, which was originally called “Pecatonic.” Located at the confluence of the Pecatonica and Rock rivers, it was a thriving community of about 300 people, with numerous buildings, including Mack’s home, a school, the Whitman Trading Post, Blinn’s Ferry, a tavern, furniture and shoemaker shops, trappers’ cabins and more. (Photo by Jeremy Oster)

From the April 30-May 6, 2014, issue

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