Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park Focused on Fur Trade History
Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park is located on 80 wooded acres along the Yellow River near Danbury, Wisconsin. The park is a living history site where reconstructed fur trade posts occupy the actual sites where they were once operated from 1802 to 1805, alongside an authentic Woodland Indian Village.
The 80-acre park, a National Register of Historic Places Site, is operated by the Burnett County Historical Society with support from the membership and Burnett County Parks Recreation and Tourism Dept.
The Yellow River trading posts were re-discovered in 1969 by Harris and Francis Palmer and Gene and Lafayette Connor.
Information in the journal of George Nelson, the XY Company clerk, eventually led researchers to the site.
The site is unique for several reasons: the exact site of the wintering posts was found, the posts were undisturbed for nearly 200 years giving archeologist a pure site to investigate and, that the two competing companies were in the same location.
The Wisconsin State Historical Society conducted archeological studies during the 1970ís and 1980ís. The charred remains provided the evidence needed to reconstruct the wintering posts exactly as they were over 200 years ago.
Make your plans now to attend the Great Folle Avoine Fur Trade Rendezvous July 25-27, the biggest in the state.
For complete information about the Fort and their events call 715-866-8890 on www.theforts.org .