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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
82 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.


Hummingbird Festival
July 13, 2019
9:00am to 12:00pm

Explore The Lewis and Clark State Historic Site
July 26, 2019
9:00am to 5:00pm

Lewis & Clark State Historic Site Craft Fair
October 19, 2019
10:00am to 4:00pm

Arrival at Camp River Dubois
December 14, 2019
10:00am to 4:00pm

Arrival at Camp River Dubois
December 15, 2019
10:00am to 4:00pm

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Lewis & Clark State Historic Site
#1 Lewis & Clark Trail, Hartford, IL 62048
4.5 of 5 bubbles
82 Reviews
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Recent Reviews
Mike B
Omaha, Nebraska
Trip type:
Couples
Nicely done
Jun 7, 2019
All the displays, inside and out, we're very well done. Cabin had a very informative person. Enjoyed the film too. Everything was well docu. more »
DanielD6784
Trip type:
Family
Great little stop, don't overlook it!
May 28, 2019
On a family trip to St. Louis, I initially discarded this stop. I'm very glad I added it to the itinerary just before our trip started. What initially drew me... more »
Wanda H
Mascoutah, Illinois
Trip type:
Friends getaway
VERY informative!
May 15, 2019
The museum itself is great to start with, but then we went on a "Departure Days" so they had re-enactments also. This was a very good explanation of Lewis &... more »
William S
Belleville, Illinois
Trip type:
Family
Great time at the 215th anniversary of the arrival to Camp River Dubois
Dec 13, 2018
Another hidden jewel of world renown in Madison County, IL. We just had the distinct opportunity to pay a visit on 8 December 2018 during the anniversary of Lewis &... more »
S8674RWsusanm
Shelby Township, Michigan
Trip type:
Solo travel
If you love history definitely go
Nov 15, 2018
I loved this place. It explained what Lewis and Clark did to prepare for the trip up the Missouri River and the others who helped make it happen. The is... more »
1-5 of 82 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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