Ft. Massac State Park hosts annual encampment
METROPOLIS, Ill. - You'd think learning to live in the 18th and 19th centuries would be a challenge, but for Seth Graves it's a welcome change.
"This is something to see," he said with a smile.
Graves is a middle school social studies teacher and gets a kick out of learning from the past. "I was born in June of '84. I attended in October of '84. Haven't missed a year of it," Graves said.
He said each year, it gets bigger and better. From the vendors, to the entertainment to the interest from his students.
"I know every year that they are going to get something from the event whether its that food they remember and want to go back next year and those guys in the funny clothing," he said.
Graves said it reaches beyond his classroom. People from across the country make it a fun-filled educational weekend. "I know a friend of mine from the corps of discovery that drives from washington state to come to Ft. Massac every year so you're bringing in a lot of people from various places," he said.