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Authentic Late 18th Century Village To Be Built At Fort Massac State Park

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Kevin Boucher
59th District State Senator Dale Fowler Speaks at Fort Massac State Park on Monday June 21, 2021

As Illinois reopens and tourists resume flocking to state parks, Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis is making changes.

State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) says crews are refurbishing the campgrounds, building a new shower house and building more cabins. And, eventually, thanks to a $200,00 state grant, the Friends of Fort Massac will soon demolish the old Laidlaw building adjacent to the state park.

Once the former city eyesore is gone, the Friends Group will then raise funds to build an authentic late 18th century village. Mike Korte is the president of the Friends and he says plans are to build a church a school and a general store.

The $200,000 grant was provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.