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Lewis & Clark State Historic Site

#1 Lewis and Clark Trail
Hartford, IL 62048
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P: (618) 251-5811
F: (618) 251-5854

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Hours of Operation
Summer: Open Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King's Birthday, Lincoln's Birthday, President's Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas
4.5 of 5 bubbles
88 Reviews
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Lewis & Clark State Historic Site

The journey begins here!

Walk in the footsteps of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark as they plan their journey to explore the western United States in 1804 at the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site in Hartford, IL. As National Trail Site #1 on the Lewis & Clark Trail, the site houses a museum dedicated to the planning and journey of the two explorers and their Corps of Discovery.

Located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, the site showcases how common men became soldiers and then embarked on a military expedition to explore uncharted territory west of St. Louis. It was near this site that the group began their journey on May 14, 1804.

Experience Lewis & Clark like never before in five exhibit rooms, the film "At Journey's Edge" and a 55-foot full scale "cutaway" keelboat.

After visiting the museum, take a tour of a replica settler cabin and see how people lived in the early 1800's.


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Lewis & Clark State Historic Site
#1 Lewis & Clark Trail, Hartford, IL 62048
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Keenomanjaro
Croydon, United Kingdom
Lewis & Clark's Winter Camp
Jan 15, 2020
This State Historic Site is located at the closest known point to Lewis & Clark's Camp Dubois - the place where they camped through the Winter ahead of their epic... more »
chris9835
Glasgow, Kentucky
Trip type:
Family
Can’t - fluence
Jan 4, 2020
Why can I not see the confluence of the Mississippi and the Missouri from here? Was stymied at every turn trying to get to the river. Only option to see... more »
Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
The starting point of the Lewis & Clark's expedition, the Voyage of Discovery
Oct 12, 2019
As a history buff, I have read several accounts of the famous Voyage of Discovery, the 1804-1806 expedition by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the vast unknown lands... more »
erinmaryjoy
Florence, Kentucky
Trip type:
Family
Fun to find
Oct 4, 2019
Quite interesting to see where the Lewis and Clark voyage began. Nice drive to visit this historic spot. more »
Dewayne P
Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Embarking on a mission
Sep 2, 2019
I was impressed with the museum part of the attraction. So much information and very kid friendly. You could spend a lot of time here. They also have a short... more »
1-5 of 88 Reviews

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Lewis & Clark State Historic Site

The journey begins here!

Walk in the footsteps of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark as they plan their journey to explore the western United States in 1804 at the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site in Hartford, IL. As National Trail Site #1 on the Lewis & Clark Trail, the site houses a museum dedicated to the planning and journey of the two explorers and their Corps of Discovery.

Located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, the site showcases how common men became soldiers and then embarked on a military expedition to explore uncharted territory west of St. Louis. It was near this site that the group began their journey on May 14, 1804.

Experience Lewis & Clark like never before in five exhibit rooms, the film "At Journey's Edge" and a 55-foot full scale "cutaway" keelboat.

After visiting the museum, take a tour of a replica settler cabin and see how people lived in the early 1800's.


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